Good conversationalists typically ask questions that invite others to share their opinions or personal experiences. Education and work questions may lead to conversations about dreams and goal-setting for the future. A few questions about favorite vacation spots, sports or entertainment questions are good ice breakers.
Encouraging deeper levels of discussion includes thought-provoking questions, such as questions about human nature, life and death or the future of the human race. Open-ended questions about society, culture or the world may stimulate lively exchanges or deeper, more personal sharing of beliefs.
Questions should be purposeful to guide conversation and reach a mutual acquaintance. The most meaningful questions focus on positives, such as the sources of inspiration, core beliefs or plans for success.