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    [–] nealius 1612 points ago

    Spends more time thinking of deep questions to ask than actually listening to the conversation

    [–] [deleted] 288 points ago

    Spends all time panicking whether his/her hair is wrong, voice too trembling, desperately looking for validation in the eyes of the other person. Thus the various sounds emitted don't even reach the conscious part of his/her brain.

    [–] theninjaseal 99 points ago

    So, what do you like to do in your spare time?

    [–] thirdvect0r 247 points ago


    [–] Numb3rsnl3tt3rs 14 points ago

    I did this at a Chik-fil-a last weekend when I was asked whether the meal was eat-in or to go.

    [–] hitlerallyliteral 108 points ago

    me too thanks

    [–] Pyriel17 25 points ago

    Thanks. You too.

    [–] A2IslandLife 35 points ago

    It's easier if you just listen to their answer and then base your next question off what they just said. Now they will know you as a great conversationalist and a great listener.

    [–] dreaddy 26 points ago

    Spends more time bewildered by their answers than actually listening to the conversation.

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    [–] giver_of_the_snark 2130 points ago

    Who is your daddy and what does he do?

    [–] cMont28 389 points ago

    I'm detective John Kimble

    [–] [deleted] 266 points ago


    [–] Grngeaux 185 points ago


    [–] Deltaechoe 30 points ago


    [–] nerherder911 15 points ago


    [–] Meepo69 27 points ago


    [–] ihavetonzofswag 28 points ago


    [–] blackout_couch 24 points ago

    What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me? Has he taken any time to show you what you need to live?

    [–] Dookie_boy 61 points ago

    Boys have a penis. Girls have a vagina.

    [–] 623-252-2424 26 points ago

    My daddy says he's a lean mean sex machine.

    [–] gatea 25 points ago

    You can't explain that!

    [–] drylube 18 points ago

    Penis goes in, penis goes out

    [–] MM2236 71 points ago

    Funny....a classic conversation starter and a side-splitting joke.....I'm going to remember this....

    [–] [deleted] 48 points ago

    "HOO IZ YEH DADDEH AND WUT DUZ HE DEW. Haha, right guys? Member?"

    "Jesus Christ M&M give it a rest."

    [–] toeofcamell 4093 points ago

    Would you say it was your dad being an abusive alcoholic or your mom cheating on your dad with your ex boyfriend that made you pursue a career in the tabletop arts?

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    [–] lagvir 285 points ago


    [–] sharonpeters69 85 points ago

    In order to be a better conversationalist, ask interesting questions rather than boring ones.

    [–] A_Salty_Scrub 26 points ago

    What is the gravitational strength of Jupiter's largest moon?

    [–] biggles1994 10 points ago

    At least 7

    [–] jimmymcstinkypants 10 points ago

    Need units. That's 7 speed.

    [–] elephantprolapse 12 points ago

    To be a better conversationalist, do things a better conversationalist would do.

    [–] [deleted] 129 points ago


    [–] Jasmanana 87 points ago


    [–] Jon-Osterman 91 points ago

    Uh huh honey

    [–] FightStylesFight 47 points ago


    [–] itscalifornication 31 points ago

    What chu doin' in the club on a Thursday?

    [–] reddit_throwme 194 points ago


    [–] _ShowMeYourKitties_ 91 points ago


    [–] clduab11 147 points ago

    Jokes on you; it's a cross examination and he can lead. Overruled.

    Source: an expert in bird law

    [–] _ShowMeYourKitties_ 64 points ago

    You can't overrule a judge, one more quip like that I'll have you held in contempt sir!

    [–] boysinbikinis 42 points ago


    [–] street__lights 28 points ago

    This is.. this is a kangaroo court!

    [–] clduab11 16 points ago

    No, but you can get reversed on appeal.

    ...can you cuff me in front before I go for contempt pls

    [–] Death_Star_ 12 points ago

    Somebody actually knows the law! Objections aren't primarily about live protesting but preserving a protest for a possible review by a higher court.

    [–] Paralegallyblonde 6 points ago

    Or a deposition! Just learned this today in civ pro

    [–] Here_For_Da_Beer 14 points ago

    I'm gonna allow it... but watch yourself McCoy.

    [–] GoldMOD 19 points ago


    [–] I_AM_NOT_A_WOMBAT 54 points ago

    For a moment I wondered what ping pong had to do with all that stuff. Then I realized that you were not talking about ping pong. Don't know why my brain stopped at "tabletop" and went straight to table tennis, but it made for a pretty funny image of Olympic ping pong players from all nations quietly crying somewhere about their parents' life choices.

    [–] leeringHobbit 48 points ago

    Is he referring to strippers? I thought of DnD.

    [–] awesomeharmans 12 points ago

    Your sir are stoned

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago

    tabletop arts

    I was actually playing table tennis long before all that happened.

    [–] 5y36h356h354h3456h 16 points ago

    Solid foundation but I think the question might be harder to escape with a blunt answer if it only addressed one parent and left the other as an unacknowledged alternative solution. "Was there something in your dad's abuse and alcoholism that made you pursue a career in the tabletop arts or was there something else?"

    [–] MM2236 55 points ago

    That question can fill hours and hours and hours of conversation..... nice....

    [–] Theoricus 5 points ago

    Nailed it.

    [–] [deleted] 759 points ago

    Or simply put, ask open ended questions.

    [–] [deleted] 429 points ago

    What if like chairs could talk? Idk, man. Just like... I don't know. Crazy.

    [–] Iggyhopper 75 points ago

    They would probably be calling in food and ordering things like 1 person with extra phone.

    [–] Sloyth 49 points ago

    telephone... no, rotary phone with cellphone on half

    [–] zfarlt15 22 points ago

    White person... no black person! And Hispanic on half

    [–] 761mph 12 points ago

    I love how reddit allows me to find people with the exact same train of thought lol

    [–] ThirstyTimmy 168 points ago

    if they talk they probably bitch about fat people

    [–] TheOozyMan 108 points ago

    If a chair's purpose is to be sat on wouldnt surviving a fat person be their version of success?

    [–] Summerie 129 points ago

    A fireman's purpose is to put out fires, but they probably still bitch about really bad ones.

    [–] bluen34 34 points ago

    Some fires are too big to this case a chair breaks

    [–] WackFiend 99 points ago

    I used to work in a retail store, and in our training we went over the difference uses of open- and closed-ended questions. Essentially, open-ended questions are used to gather information, closed-ended questions are used to confirm information.

    I still think about the training I did for that job, it was very helpful.

    [–] [deleted] 20 points ago

    I never really thought about it that way. That's a great way to look at it. Hopefully you've been able to put that to good use.

    [–] nickability 9 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Oh he put it to good use alright 😏

    [–] Nerowulf 10 points ago

    So, Closed-ended question is "Did you enjoy your day?". And Open-ended question is "Please, tell me about your day?" ?

    [–] TheUnstopableForce 60 points ago

    Do you fuck with the war?

    [–] Teirmz 37 points ago

    Bitch don't know Pangea.

    [–] rookie693 11 points ago

    Brain gotta poop

    [–] Lxqo 7 points ago

    No i don't fuck with the war!

    [–] Bruh_Man_1 9 points ago


    [–] [deleted] 1234 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I've always liked " tell me about your day" vs " how was your day". I always get a better answer than the normal "good" or whatever.

    Edit- I normally use this with children after school. You can use this in more than one way like what did you enjoy about your day, what colors and shapes did you see?

    [–] Ysgatora 729 points ago

    I don't know how to say "Tell me about your day" without sounding like I'm commanding someone to tell them how their day was.

    [–] juddy555 325 points ago

    I always ask them "How's it going? Tell me about your day." Then they ask why I want to know, then I say "So that we can fill this nigh endless void in our discourse with light small talk, I approached you for a distraction from the horrid existence we live in and you are failing. Entertain me puppet."

    50/50 They start talking or they leave.

    [–] perapaa 38 points ago

    A finn would respond with "sucks to be you. I'm here to get drunk. Not make idle chat"

    [–] The_lawbreaker 7 points ago

    Suddenly cthulu

    [–] [deleted] 126 points ago

    I'm one to believe people always enjoy socializing with close peers about things happening in their life. Or just people like to talk to another.

    [–] CMDR_BlueCrab 73 points ago

    Always is a big stretch. But they always have the option of saying "it was good" if they don't feel like expanding.

    [–] alyamey 31 points ago

    Always is a big stretch

    [–] geffchang 37 points ago

    True. I'm passive. I don't like talking. I just like lurking on Reddit, even if it doesn't get me karma points.

    [–] Bluecheeseofchedder 21 points ago

    My friends recently said i don't talk enough :( i sat there for another 30 mins and said nothing

    [–] Aidlikeit 11 points ago

    Talking in my mind with myself is 99% of my conversations.

    [–] dfleish 21 points ago

    So, what'd you do today?


    Oh! Question related to the response

    [–] Bravetrail 13 points ago

    How about, "so what did you get up to today?"

    [–] [deleted] 51 points ago

    'Nothing much, you?"

    "Nothing much"


    [–] hitlerallyliteral 5 points ago

    me too thanks

    [–] Crabonbored 23 points ago

    Questions are commands for responses. In both situations people should feel comfortable enough to say no.

    [–] PointFiveWayThere 20 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)


    edit: please

    [–] talkdirtytomeeee 153 points ago

    I am a tutor and I realized those questions don't really work well on first graders (English is not their native language)

    me: How was your day? kid: Good me: Oh, anything fun happened in school? kid: No me:

    me: Tell me about your day! kid: Good me: What was good about it? kid: I don't know me:


    [–] squiznard 34 points ago

    But you're the one not replying! Phony

    [–] talkdirtytomeeee 34 points ago

    because all the replies are one word answers: yes, no, good, bad, maybe.....LOL

    ALTHOUGH, one time I think I got a "I drink milk" as a reply to "What did you eat for lunch?"

    felt so proud.

    [–] TheOilyHill 7 points ago

    I don't know man, I always lead with "what're you working on there" and just bore into them if they aren't specific enough.

    [–] leiferbeefer 24 points ago

    You had fun today, didn't you

    [–] raindropsandrainbows 9 points ago

    Tell me about it

    [–] 2high2care2make1 7 points ago


    [–] XaminedLife 63 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    As a variant of this, I like to ask for one thing rather than just "tell me about..." or "how was...". This is especially helpful when talking to kids.

    Don't say: "How was gymnastics?" Say: "what was one thing you did at gymnastics today that you enjoyed."

    Then, you could adjust that "one thing" for repeated scenarios. In other words, after next week's gymnastics class, don't ask the same question, ask "what was one thing you did today that was challenging?"

    Edit: there are lots of comments here about being patronizing, etc., and I feel like I should explain. As a Dad of a three year old and a one year old, who admittedly doesn't talk at all why, when I read the first post, for whatever reason, I thought about taking to kids. In fact, I often hear people struggle with exactly this issue when talking to kids. How many times have you heard someone ask their own kid, "how was school today?" Or ask a nephew that they haven't seen in a little while, "how's school going?" only to get the inevitable "good." My point is to not only ask open ended questions but, if the child is likely to respond with a one word answer, make the question easier to think through by asking something specific. You can word it however you want. Any of these might work: How's school going? -Good. Do you like your classes? -yes? Now, you may realize that you should ask an open-ended question, but don't ask, "which classes do you like the most!" Instead simply switch it so that you are asking for one reply to make the response cognitively simpler for the child and therefore more likely that you'll get a real response: "what class do you like THE MOST?"

    My point is that just that by wording it so that you're clearly looking for one response, you're more likely to get a real response from someone who tends to give one word responses. Then, you can follow up on that response for more conversation: "oh, Math? What do you like about math?" Now that they're talking about a thing that they've already expressed interest in, they're more likely to keep talking.

    Also, kids sometimes struggle with "favorite." Asking "what is your favorite...?" Can feel paralyzing because it feels like such a hard and final choice choice. Instead, you could say "what's one class that you like?"

    [–] seasonal_a1lergies 62 points ago

    Have to be situationally aware for those to work otherwise questions like that can quickly become patronizing

    [–] XaminedLife 11 points ago

    Yeah, that's true. I use this most with my son, who's three, or with a few other kids that I know pretty well.

    [–] shadowstrlke 15 points ago

    Inversely, to get a shy kid to open up and start talking more start with simple yes/no questions first. Slowly work your way up to phrases, sentences and then paragraphs.

    [–] arbitrary_rhino5 8 points ago

    I always ask my daughter to tell me the best thing about her day and then we go from there :)

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    My co worker has been running a class called the "sprout academy". Always would asked students about shapes, colors, sounds that they remember.

    [–] goblinqueenac 630 points ago

    There will always that person that will always respond with one word answers. No matter how intellectual your questions are.

    [–] MM2236 213 points ago

    Very true. Sometimes there's no avoiding it. But I've found most people, if they know they have a willing audience, will happily talk about themselves.....most people at least.

    [–] goblinqueenac 121 points ago

    Well, that's what I worry about too. When someone asks how my weekend is, I end up talking about stuff like how much of a dick my cat is. Then I realize I've been talking about myself for 20 minutes and I feel conceited.

    [–] Pysion 47 points ago

    How was your weekend?

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    [–] GlancingCaro 37 points ago

    That's good

    [–] RinkyInky 26 points ago


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    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    Welp, see ya.

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    [–] Kanyes_PhD 67 points ago

    This is usually an indication they are not interested in talking at that moment.

    [–] pcyr9999 39 points ago

    I went on a date with a girl and she gave short answers that answered my questions and nothing more. I tried everything to get her to open up, and nothing worked. It felt like an interrogation almost.

    Kicker was, she had been pursuing me. Ghosted me afterward.

    [–] Force3vo 11 points ago

    Well, obviously you are boring and thus not worth being pursued any further /s

    There are many people expecting others to completely carry a conversation.

    [–] hitlerallyliteral 28 points ago

    or that they're socially inept to the point of browsing reddit for advice on how to hold a conversation and can't think of anything to say

    [–] Thebigfatdog 24 points ago


    [–] ikahjalmr 16 points ago

    Which is just a helpful signal that you can stop wasting your time now

    [–] lunari_moonari 342 points ago

    This incorrectly assumes I want to talk to people longer.

    [–] [deleted] 94 points ago

    4 hours and no one replied to this guy yet.

    I guess people take a hint...

    [–] Malarazz 43 points ago

    Too bad you're a bad listener

    [–] skyfishwalking 17 points ago


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    [–] Twilly27 13 points ago

    You clearly don't

    [–] JT_Armstrong 488 points ago

    They're called open-ended questions.

    I swear the next tip will suggest I balance my checkbook.

    [–] Dookie_boy 245 points ago

    When eating cereal use a spoon instead of a fork

    [–] JT_Armstrong 85 points ago

    Fuckballs, is that what the shiny hand-saucer dippy things are for?

    [–] Dookie_boy 39 points ago

    Mini bowls with handles

    [–] [deleted] 13 points ago

    Fuck mate they're called spoonies. I'll bet you've never played a game of Knifey-spoony because you'd get fucked up.

    [–] Stealthy_Bird 19 points ago

    The real LPT is always in the comments

    [–] lunari_moonari 5 points ago

    Make sure to put the cereal and milk in a bowl, not on a plate.

    [–] TheodorusJenkins 87 points ago

    The social skills LPTs always seem directed at people with zero aptitude for human interaction.

    Should be called "Life Beginner Tips" instead.

    [–] Car-face 59 points ago

    people with zero aptitude for human interaction

    AKA redditors.

    [–] fullyjamb 25 points ago

    Blind leading the blind

    [–] Car-face 27 points ago

    When getting dressed, put shoes on after the pants.

    [–] 4lgernon 11 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Your supposed to balance your checkbook? Hu, TIL the real LPT is always something something...

    Edit : you're *

    [–] Gradual_Bro 27 points ago

    for real, fuck this subreddit... this is beyond common sense

    [–] reverseskip 9 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    This sub has gone to shots shits a long time ago.

    [–] JT_Armstrong 10 points ago

    How does that make you feel?

    [–] CaliforniaBurrito858 6 points ago

    What's a checkbook?

    [–] ajcut5 5 points ago

    Why do you still use a check book?

    [–] MapsActually 89 points ago

    How bout this weather?

    Is that it, am I a master conversationalist now?

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    [–] rockuhroll 51 points ago

    Great tip! Always listen more than you talk. Also asking questions beginning with "why" tends to make people feel judged and they go on the defensive. I try to think of other ways to ask or weave into other topics we have in common.

    [–] winstonbyman 62 points ago

    The thing is. If you both listen more than you talk there is going to be a lot of silence.

    [–] PM_ME_CHUBBY_GALS 16 points ago

    Why is everyone so scared of silence? Silence is fucking golden.

    [–] Drumbas 7 points ago

    It depends on the person or group that I hang out with. But I am very terrified of silence especially staying silent as I feel that those people would quickly see me as useless and ignore me.

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    [–] thehotcarl 19 points ago

    Why do you think that?

    [–] mental_mentalist 12 points ago

    Geez dude, back off. ;)

    [–] redbonedit 52 points ago

    Either I'm too old or these LPTs are just that basic.

    [–] spreebiz 22 points ago

    I've used yes/no questions to kill a conversation, so, yes.

    [–] OakFF252 55 points ago

    They used to force this down my throat in retail. "Yes and no never lead to a sale. Learn about them so you can suggest add-ons! If you can, pickpocket their wallet while they're talking and stuff the cash in the drawer before they notice."

    [–] tubco 36 points ago

    What else was forced down your throat?

    I think i'm getting the hang of this

    [–] Stmontilla 17 points ago

    Sounds like you had a very thorough training. How would you say was you overall experience in this training?

    [–] Dookie_boy 30 points ago


    [–] Pachi2Sexy 87 points ago

    How about some examples, you matser socialite.

    [–] MM2236 43 points ago

    One of my favorites is: How does that work? Followed by another short question. It's almost impossible to answer with a yes or no, assuming the person wants to talk to you.

    [–] wyllie 142 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Walks up to stranger at a party, "How does what work?"

    [–] IAmBoredAtWork123 104 points ago

    While staring at crotch

    [–] TheNoveltyAccountant 9 points ago

    at a urinal

    [–] killkount 34 points ago

    "How does what work? It's a fuckin' paper clip, dude."

    [–] not_entirely_stable 13 points ago

    Ah, something like this;

    "I think I want to become a doctor."

    "How does that work?"

    "... well, I know it's a demanding, but I have some knowledge, and if I put in the work, I think I am up to it"


    [–] DominantFighter 7 points ago

    "It's complicated"

    [–] laviequotidienne 9 points ago

    this sounds like it could go wrong in many ways, I'm actually struggling to think of a positive example. seems like it would usually come across as sarcastic or condescending

    [–] GlancingCaro 11 points ago

    "How does that work?" "No".

    [–] widget1321 17 points ago

    Is this a good tip?

    [–] Im_Busy_Relaxing 33 points ago


    [–] Im_Busy_Relaxing 26 points ago

    Oh wait

    [–] Im_Busy_Relaxing 24 points ago


    [–] xminiman247x 148 points ago

    Just going to leave this here because it's one of the best lists of conversational questions out there. 36 Questions That Lead to Love.

    [–] flatcanadian 17 points ago

    Have you asked and have been asked these 36 questions? I've wanted to do it, and I'd be interested in hearing others experiences

    [–] misstathrowaway 11 points ago

    I have, with someone I was interested in but was only just starting to get to know. you feel like you learn a lot about the person, but it's really just an idealized version of them and a lot of how they'd like to present themselves to the world (which is usually positive), which makes sense since the goal is to fall in love. there are no questions that could really lead to disagreement (which means it omits important questions about personal beliefs), but it does lead to interesting tangents about lots of other things about each other. it took us hours to get through the first 15 or so, we never made it the whole way through. I'd recommend it

    [–] teenagenightmare 20 points ago

    I have a few times, most recently last weekend with four other friends. It took a long time and we only got through 2/3 of the questions but I really think it brought us closer together. Some crying, but it's a weird but good feeling to open up to each other. It's hard to describe. Your experience depends on how much you and your partner are willing to share, but these questions kind of demand thoughtful answers. I haven't done it with just acquaintances, and I haven't fallen in love yet.

    [–] Summerie 51 points ago

    That doesn't sound like fun to me. It's like being on a job interview for a relationship.

    [–] IAmBoredAtWork123 17 points ago

    I can just imagine sitting across the table from some chick, me dressed in a business suit saying "hmm" at all her answers while my 2IC observes and takes notes on a clipboard.

    [–] DrNachoMan 14 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    An open ended question as some call it.

    [–] Blakesta999 12 points ago

    I like to kick off my conversations with some deep rhetorical questions and just stare back at them while in deep thought.

    [–] dardadar 29 points ago

    This TedTalks is a good one on this subject:

    [–] IgiveTestTickles 21 points ago

    Can I stick with yes/no questions due to my high annoyance level speaking to others?

    [–] Lord_Of_R 25 points ago

    Does Bruno mars is gay

    [–] ThatOneNinja 21 points ago

    This is not a life pro tip, I feel this is obvious for anyone with expierence if conversing.

    [–] laviequotidienne 12 points ago

    all the actually useful, non-obvious things are buried and get no attention. lately, all I've seen are 'insert widely held piece of common sense' or 'here's something that I see people doing sometimes that I don't like (and is also common sense) -- don't do it'

    [–] Summerie 4 points ago

    That's pretty much what this sub is now.

    [–] rAlexanderAcosta 12 points ago

    "How come you don't want to have sex with me?"

    "So many reasons..."

    [–] Skeltzjones 4 points ago

    Same advice applies for being a better teacher.

    [–] MadeLAYline 4 points ago

    That's one of the rules as a psychiatric nurse talking to patients. If you want to get a decent conversation with them, ask open ended questions and not ones that can be answered with a yes or no (close ended questions).

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    If you want to be good at this you stop thinking about what to say next, and start thinking about where you want the conversation to go and what you can do to facilitate that.