5 Things Tuesday — Icebreakers

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We have been talking about food related topics here on 5things. This week I wanted to break the mould. Oh dear ! That’s another food related metaphor. I am afraid I can’t help myself. I simply love writing about food.

This week’s topic is Icebreakers or Conversation starters. Which are your favourites?
I am apparently someone who people find easy to talk to.
When I was working, we had a young lad doing the PAT testing and he was working in the canteen when I went down to make the morning teas. By the time the kettle had boiled, I knew how old he was, how long he’d been doing the job, where he lived, all about his family and siblings, and how many kids he had.  Not bad for starting the conversation with ‘Would you like a cup?’

I have often mentioned the first words I said to Hubby the night we met.
‘So that heap of junk’s yours is it?’
It would have been better to just accept that was his car, not insult it, but neither he, nor car, held it against me. My BIL was not one for conversation unless you talked about lorries or fishing.

How’s your day so far? is a conversation starter in every supermarket we go into. We always chat to the cashier and leave them smiling as we know it can be a thankless task working with the general public. Why not pass the time of day whilst your purchases are going through? It’s not as if you’re going anywhere else is it!

Can I say hello? is the standard greeting towards any owner of any canine I come across. Most times I’m allowed, and most times I get a foot sat on, a leg leaned against, pawed at, hand slobbered over, or what I love best, absolutely trashed. I can’t help it. I love dogs and the conversation always goes to how old they are, how long they’ve had them, and where the best dog friendly cafe is for bacon and sausages.

Are you OK? has been asked on several occasions when someone has seemed confused or unhappy. Before Covid hit, I was walking Maggie along the prom on my own and a young girl of about 20 walked towards me in tears. I asked if she was OK and she cried even harder. I said I was a good listener if she wanted to talk, and sometimes talking to a complete stranger was easier than someone she knew. She opened her heart and I held her as she cried.

My out and out favourite is definitely dogs of course, but the rest have opened up many conversations (and more as far as Hubby’s car was concerned LOL) for me.

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to 5 Things Tuesday — Icebreakers

  1. Gibberish says:

    Some great tips there…. although much like you, I can talk to people easily but am sure these conversation starters can really help others who find it hard to socialize and start a conversation, especially with new people 👍🏻👍🏻

  2. You really love dogs Di.

    • I do Jim. My Dad was good with all animals, and the doggy bit I think has rubbed off on me. I can’t walk past a dog without asking to say Hi. Since we lost Maggie, everyone with dogs and puppies have been so kind in letting me make a fuss. I miss her so much.

  3. Carol anne says:

    Awe! I love dogs too Di! I am always ooing and awwing over peoples dogs! And like you my questions are how old are they, how long they’ve had them etc. xoxo

  4. Sadje says:

    These questions just show how kind and caring you’re!

  5. Pretty cool “Are you OK” story.

  6. Those are great conversation starters. I’m glad that you lent a patient ear and a shoulder to those who needed it. This can definitely feel the introverts to get a conversation started.

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  8. murisopsis says:

    All of them are good ways to lead into a conversation…

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