February 2022



Trois moyens d’alimenter la conversation

3 ways to come up with conversation starters

(NC) Many of us are out of practice when it comes to small talk, and we’ve run out of things to say to each other at home. What’s there to talk about these days anyway? Well, believe it or not, there’s lots to discuss.

Since classic conversations starters can feel obvious or awkward, spend some time engaging with interesting sources and you’ll have endless topics to mine for effortless conversations.

Here are three places to start:

1. Do something, anything.

The biggest reason you have nothing to talk about is because you’ve had nothing to do. But there’s always something to try, so get up and at it. Whether it’s taking up a new craft, exploring local nature trails or taking on a challenge in the kitchen, any recent hobby or activity is perfect material to chat about at your next meetup. Chances are your pal’s been looking for something new to try, and if they’re already familiar they can share their own tips and experiences to keep you talking together.

2. Follow fun current events

This one might seem obvious, but it’s easy to ignore. Whether you get your news from the newspaper, tv, radio or online, do a skim of the headlines and choose a few positive stories to learn more about.

Be sure to keep an eye out for more offbeat or bizarre news items, like the moose who crashed a classroom or updates on how the country feels about pineapple on our pizza. The “hey did you hear about x” line is always a great way get talking — you can share a moment about how strange it is, or be the one introduce the person to an amusing story.

3. Vary your entertainment.

While TV demands that you actually sit still and watch it, podcasts can give you the freedom you’re craving. Podcasts are all the rage these days, and they’re a great way for a busy person to still feel like a part of the popular culture since you can listen on the go. From true crime stories to random facts, documentary programing to scary fiction — there’s always something to spark conversation.

One great listen is The First Sixteen podcast from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. If you don’t think farming is your thing, this podcast will change your mind. Each episode digs deep into a topic like food waste and insecurity; climate change realities; and new practices, innovative ideas and impacts on the industry. Farmers and foodies, scientists and leaders, and anyone with an eye on the future of food —this podcast is for you. Tune in at or wherever you get your podcasts.

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