Conversation Starters

We’ve all been there, arriving at an event on your lonesome hoping you may see someone you’ve met before that you can make small talk with. Here’s the thing though, the transition from small talk to conversation is often much like trying to pull away in second gear while driving. We’re here to give you some tried an tested conversation starters at Focus Rooms that will take your second gear pull away into sports mode.

Whiling milling around the coffee station, our expert team has preyed on some unsuspecting targets to establish which lines work and which lines left us looking for an escape – we wouldn’t want to put you in the same situation.



Our official list of brilliant conversation starters:

  • What was the last funny video you saw?

This light hearted prompt is perfect in a place with wifi, like our coffee stations, which leave the perfect set up to  laughing over said funny video. We’re a big fan of “startled cat” videos. Here’s some good material:


  • What’s the most useful thing you own? 

At a tech conference, ask what the most useful app you have on your phone is. You could discover a world of new useful tools!


Bonus points if it’s a feel good news story.


  • If you were to throw a big bash with a huge budget, what would the theme be?

You can find some inspiration form our Our Favourite Themed Events for 2018 here.


  • Where is the most beautiful place you’ve been?

This is a great question because anyone can answer it – you don’t have to be a jet setter. The most beautiful place you’ve been could be a nearby park when the sun is setting. Or a beautiful coffee shop in your town like these ones in Jo’burg.


  • Who had the biggest impact on the person you have become?

We all have a person who is our biggest inspiration or our most dear mentor. Who is yours?


  • What do you bring with you everywhere you go?

Disclaimer: prepare for a lengthy story is you’re asking someone who carries a magic carpet bag sized handbag.


Ready to put your newly learnt conversation starters to the test? Book your next training, meeting, conference or event at Focus Rooms and we’ll provide the perfect water cooler set up to test them out. Book now here or fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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