Conversation is such an important part of a dinner party, but this can sometimes end up falling flat. To ensure that the conversation is flowing and sparkling at your next event, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
A Compliment as an Ice Breaker
If you are sat next to someone that you do not know at a dinner party, paying them a compliment is a great way to break the ice. The compliment could be related to anything, whether it be their outfit, their hairstyle or their handbag, but make sure that you ask an open-ended question, so that the other person does not respond with just a simple “thank you”.
If your dinner party is full of couples, asking everybody to tell the story of how they met is a great way to add to the conversation, and you will also learn so much more about everyone. Since this will usually be a happy story, and one that people have told many times before, it will easily roll of their tongues and will keep the ambience lifted.
Asking someone to tell you about their favorite book, movie, restaurant, vacation or anything else, is another great way to learn more about them. If you make this a conversation that the whole table shares in then you are likely to also end up with a list of books, restaurants or movies that you can try out for yourself too.
Talking about the weather is a great way to start the conversation, but you need to make sure that you do this in a way that is not too dry. Rather than simply commenting on the current weather, try to talk about how this has affected you, such as with rain preventing you from being able to ride your bike. This then takes the conversation onto the topic of biking and exercise, and will help everything to move along smoothly.
Admit Your Nerves
If you find yourself extremely nervous at a dinner party and all of these conversation tips have flown out of your head, all you need to do is be honest. Simply tell people that you are feeling a bit nervous, and they are likely to make more of an effort to include you and try to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Keep It Light
While it is always useful to have a few conversation starters when attending an event, you should also be aware of what should not be said. It is important to try to keep the conversation relatively light, avoiding topics such as family problems, sexuality or financial issues, as these may only put a stop to the conversation.
Socializing at a dinner party can sometimes be difficult, but there are always ways around this. By having a few effective conversation starters in your mind before you attend an event, you will feel confident enough to be able to handle any quiet spells, and will be able to keep the conversation moving at an interesting pace.