Conversation Starters

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Whatever your relationship status, we can all find it hard at times to strike up a conversation with someone, particularly if you're nervous or if you're in a relationship which has become stale and you've stopped talking. Here are some resources we have found to he helpful:

TableTalk Conversation Cards

These cards act as prompts to conversation, posing questions to discuss together. Some are serious, some humorous, while others demand a more creative response. None of the questions have "right or wrong answers" so there is no worry about "getting it wrong". Used in a family setting, the cards enable even the youngest child to venture an opinion. The cards themselves are well made with a nice feel, but the format of the cards and the illustrations on them do make then look a little "young".

Conversation Starters: 52 Personal Questions to Help You Get to Know Each Other

Somewhat similar in concept, but with a more "grown up" feel, these cards are simple but effective. The cards carry a similar range of questions provoking discussion rather than testing knowledge. The physical cards themselves are reasonably well made, clear to read and have a pleasant matt finish. While perfectly appropriate for use within a family or group context, they are more suited to couples than the previous back, just because of their more "adult" design.

The Art of Conversation: All Ages

Stepping up a gear in price and product, this pack is more designed as a game. Each card has three questions on it giving the person taking the card more choice in what they answer. The third question of the set is designed to be a little more challenging, though I didn't particularly notice any difference myself. There are 100 cards in the set, giving a total of 300 questions, plus a few blanks to add your own questions if you want. While this set is "for all ages", some of the questions are clearly adult: "Who taugjt you to drive and were you happy with their approach", though each card does carry alternative questions more suitable to all ages. The same publisher also produces a children's version: The Art of Children's Conversation - Talk - Listen - Learn.

Love Talks for Couples: 101 Questions to Stimulate Interaction with Your Spouse

This product is totally different in that it's not cards and it's specifically intended for couples. It takes the form of a spiral bound book containing 100 conversation starter questions. The book's intended to be used to help couples communicate, talking about each question in turn through the book, usually one a day (or less often). With this in mind, the book's designed to be free standing, flipping the pages each time it's used. The same question is then presented, front and back. The book is attractive and well presented, and wouldn't draw attention if placed on the dining table or on a shelf. Well worth the money. This edition is now out of print and has been replaced by 101 Conversation Starters for Couples. The content seems the same but in traditional book format. We prefer the old format so have left the original link too.

These are just some of the many conversation starter type products on the market. Please email us if you have try any of them, or if you can recommend anything else. It's very helpful to get feedback on the products we recommend.