Conversation Starters for the Bold and the Mild

Candle Moments Conversation Starters

The typical conversation starter, “What do you do?,” is always a classic, but why not bring some fun to your friends and family with some colorful questions? (Be mindful of your audience, always, some of these can be quite…off-color!)

Conversation Starters 

  1. If you could be any super-hero, who would you be and why?
  2. If you could choose any super-power, what would it be and why?
  3. If a gun was pointed to your head and the gunman allowed you the opportunity to say goodbye to three people, who would they be and why?
  4. If you’re stranded on a desert island and you could only have three items, what would they be and why?
  5. What were the five-happiest/most depressing occurrences in your life?
  6. If there was a fire in your home, what three items would you save and why?
  7. If (name two close friends of the person you are asking) were both hanging from a cliff and you could only save one, who would it be and why?
  8. You and two of your friends are stuck on a mountain in a blizzard, your choice is to eat your forth friend who froze to death or starve, what would you choose?
  9. If you got a free pass to travel to any city in the world for ten days, but that could be the only place outside your city that you travel to for the rest of your life, where would you go?
  10. You got accepted to Harvard with no scholarship, but you also get accepted to a community college with a full scholarship, which would you choose?
  11. You have 24 hours left to live due to a terminal illness, what would you do during that time?
  12. A genie gives you the option for everlasting beauty, but ½ reduction of your mind, or great knowledge, but ½ reduction of your attractiveness, what would you pick?
  13. Is it better to be poor and happy or rich and unhappy?
  14. If you could sit down to have dinner with anyone who died, who would you choose?
  15. If you could time travel, would you choose the past or the future? What knowledge would you want to ascertain?
  16. You have a choice to be given a fresh start on life, with a new career and new friends or given $500 to stay the same, which would you choose?
  17. You hold a secret that, if spoken, would kill either the person the secret is about, or the person who told you the secret (depending upon who you tell), or yourself, if you don’t tell it, what would you do?
  18. You’re asked to fight in war for your country; you are guaranteed to die, but will be forever revered, would you do it?
  19. If you had the ability to spend one year of complete happiness, but after that year, not remember any part of it, would you still do it?
  20. If you could relive one moment in your life, what would it be?
  21. What would you do if you knew (name a close friend or relative) had 24 hours left to live?
  22. What was your favorite book and why?
  23. You’re up for execution. The judge sentences you to a choice of either burning or drowning, what would you choose?
  24. Name five adjectives to describe yourself and the people currently around you.
  25. Name one thing you find attractive about each of the people around you.
  26. If you could change one thing about each of the people around you, what would it be?
  27. Who was your greatest love?
  28. Who was your childhood famous crush?
  29. If you could be any character from a book or movie, who would it be and why?
  30. What actress/actor would you most like to do a love scene with?
  31. What foods make you gag?
  32. What’s your favorite love song and why?
  33. Have you ever met a celebrity? Who was it?
  34. What’s your favorite joke? Tell it!
  35. What person do you admire the most, and why?
  36. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
  37. What is your definition of success?
  38. Who are some of your favorite bands/singers and why?
  39. What’s the first thing you notice in a person?
  40. What is your dream job?
  41. What was your favorite fairy tale?
  42. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
  43. What is your greatest strength and your biggest weakness?
  44. If you could help one person change his/her life, who would it be and why?
  45. What’s your favorite quotation and why?
  46.  What would you never name your children? Explain your choices.
  47. If you had the opportunity to be anyone in the world for one week, who would it be and why?
  48. What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you and at least one person in the current group, together?
  49. What is your most cherished possession?
  50. What’s your favorite horror, comedy and action movie?
  51. What was the happiest day of your life?
  52. Were you a good or bad child? Would your parents agree with you?
  53. Given the ability to project yourself into the future, but not to return, would you do so? Would you go if you could take someone along?
  54. If you were to be cremated, where would you want your ashes scattered?
  55. Five hundred years from now, only one book that exists today will still be available. Which book should it be?
  56. If a movie were made about your life, what would the theme song be?
  57. For $20,000 would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? You could not explain your reason to anyone. (Assume that there would be no long-term effect on your career.)
  58. If you saw someone shoplifting in an exclusive store, what would you do?
  59. Have you ever been disappointed by a person you looked up to as a role model? Has a hero ever let you down?
  60. Have you ever disliked someone for being luckier, more successful, or more attractive than you?
  61. Is there anything you’d willingly give your life for?
  62. If you could have had a child with a famous person no longer living, whom would you choose?
  63. If you were God for a day, what would you do?
  64. If you could be the parent of one famous person, who would you want it to be?
  65. Have you ever stayed home from work or a social event because you were having a “bad hair day”?
  66. How many of your friendships have lasted more than 10 years?
  67. If you had a chance to bring one person back from the dead, who would it be and why?
  68. How would you react to finding out that your child was switched in the hospital with someone else’s baby? Would your answer be different if the child you were raising was severely handicapped?
  69. If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think would be leading a life more satisfying than yours?
  70. If a crystal ball would tell you the truth about any one thing you wished to know concerning yourself, life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?
  71. If at birth you could select the profession your child would eventually pursue, would you do so?
  72. When you perform a difficult task successfully, do you tell people about it or keep it to yourself?
  73. How do you know when you’re in love?
  74. If you were to describe yourself as a food, what food would it be and why?

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