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7 Greatest Conversation Starters That Actually Work

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Being a great conversationalist can be challenging. I have struggled with it myself prior to meeting Dorian, and the absolute hardest part and often overlooked is the way to get INTO a conversation in the first place. So I asked Dorian (the best conversationalist I've ever met) to join me to do a video about the 7 greatest conversation starters that actually work - which have been battle-tested by myself and Dorian for years now. What drives me nuts about the other advice I see in articles and videos is that you'd never walk up to someone out of the blue and ask some stupid question like: "What's happening?" - you already know exactly what's happening 'cus you're at the same f#$ckin place! I can't stand to see advice like this because I have struggled with how to start conversations myself and those type of small talk tips and tricks are the furthest from helpful. http://awest.me/7starters for a companion article to this video. http://AshleyWeston.com for more about me, what I do as a Celebrity Menswear Stylist, and other men's lifestyle related articles and videos. __________________________________ FREE MEN'S STYLE EBOOKS To download my free ebooks click here → http://awest.me/ebooks __________________________________ SOCIAL MEDIA ● Instagram → http://instagram.com/ashleypweston ● Snapchat → https://www.snapchat.com/add/ashleypweston ● Twitter → http://twitter.com/ashleypweston ● Facebook → http://facebook.com/ashleywestonstylist ● Pinterest → https://www.pinterest.com/ashleypweston __________________________________ HAVE QUESTIONS? If you have any questions not related to this video's topic, please post it in the comments in the latest #AskAW video and upvote the other questions you'd like to see answered in the next video. Here's the link to find the latest video → https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPCBY2ZswqejfLgM84CUHlpQNz4Sm4aqt __________________________________ RELATED & MENTIONED VIDEOS ● 5 Ways To End a Conversation + A Bonus One → https://youtu.be/PBZL_gR9hw8 ● Men's Wardrobe Essentials → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-rtOd4_A-o&list=PLPCBY2ZswqeiP27d697feCyaYize8tjtz ● Men's Clothing Fit Guide → https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPCBY2ZswqegNl2lqybXfo12j7Fp4m2dL ● Men's Essential Accessories → https://youtu.be/v4Z-gvgLEXM?list=PLPCBY2ZswqeidH4XVx8JP6mZGuQtYtxY1 ● Spring & Summer Essentials → https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPCBY2ZswqegJMf7u7lAuboaQYdTNnHAa ● Men's Fall & Winter Essentials → https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPCBY2ZswqeiQvJJngYGkB5U8wYGxVjkN __________________________________ MY CAMERA & STUDIO SETUP • Camera Body → http://amzn.to/2mMMSSk • Lens → http://amzn.to/2lIRkSd • Mic → http://amzn.to/2moYNmR • Preamp → http://amzn.to/2lJ5naJ • Tripod Fluid Head → http://amzn.to/2nkvIYQ • Lights → http://amzn.to/2lJ01fl I hope you liked this video, I normally do longer series' about men's style, men's etiquette, men's grooming, men's dating and other men's lifestyle topics, including some occasional vlogging. But I thought this would be fun to do one-of type videos like this one about 7 Great Conversation Starters that actually work about Small Talk Tips and Tricks. Definitely check out my other videos if you liked this one!
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Text Comments (826)
Christian Torres (5 days ago)
Boring asf
Lee_ Gang (8 days ago)
Let me make this simple does any of the 1.3 million people want to be friend😂
Con Air (8 days ago)
not applicable in Germany!! 10000% sure
candace budesa (10 days ago)
These are terrible. I hate compliments especially on my clothing. It’s like oh you were looking at my body, thank you!?
hans yolo (10 days ago)
number 7 is so stupid, how are you gonna continue the conversation if you just asked where the bathroom is.
sune perera (11 days ago)
i got the best one....."what are thoooose"
Rahul Sarkar (11 days ago)
Jason Bentley Jones (12 days ago)
Are you sure that Dorian isn't her son?
Rirīgacha (12 days ago)
*'Sooooo, you like jazz?'*
Owl Fam (12 days ago)
wheres the Restroom? Down the hall. Oh *Calls friend a weird nickname that bathroom is down the hall* *Person laughs* I have just created a situation to defeat your guys bathroom situation "why were you still standing there if you asked where he bathroom was"
Fragones 123 (13 days ago)
Me: “Hey, what brought you here today?” Him: “It’s my birthday party...”
Peter MacMullin (18 days ago)
listen to a group conversation and get a start line when the person you want to talk with is alone
Jaci Lyn (18 days ago)
Mine's #5. My best friend now started from me saying that I really liked her coffee mug coz it was so cute and asked where it was from. I don't remember where it was form haha.
Madysen Garcia (19 days ago)
I'm really sad 😔😞 because my boyfriend hates when I ask him alot of questions and he gets frustrated and mad at me but to be honest I ask him alot of questions because I want to try talking to him and he says I ask him alot of questions but that's because I don't know how to do a normal conversation so if someone reads this give me advice should I break up with him because he gets mad at me when I ask him too many questions and I don't know how to start a conversation or should I not break up with him I just want him to accept me fully but I feel like he's not or should I like not talk to him at all and not text him for 3 or 4 days?
FV (20 days ago)
Me: Hey, how is your day today? Her: I have a boyfriend sorry. Me: *Oh you one of those*
Owl Fam (12 days ago)
Shes a r/nicegirl
Moony Foxy (21 days ago)
I text my crush 1st "Hey, do you know where the restroom is?"
Moony Foxy (21 days ago)
Asking my crush when visiting her house Me: So how do you know the host?
Purusharth Bajpai (24 days ago)
The best one is " How you doin?"
G (1 month ago)
I'm sorry, but with the music in the backround, all I can think of is giofilms.
Lloyd Joseph (1 month ago)
If the person looks uninterested, just go talk to someone else, unless you are at a lame party with no people, in which case you should just go home
Lloyd Joseph (1 month ago)
Me: do you come here often? Her: to school?!
Lloyd Joseph (1 month ago)
Me: Do you come here often? Her: yes, I'm the waitress...
Sigouros Papadatos (1 month ago)
Like chess, the opening of a conversation should be played by theory.
Anon Kapo (1 month ago)
These are horrible, apart from the last one.
hwd71 (1 month ago)
Hi Ashley, Is that a hint of Australian accent I hear?
Liu Johannes (1 month ago)
What was the best part of your day? Really?
GAURON123 (1 month ago)
does this starters apply ony for shallow murican women like you?
Berend Kuiper (1 month ago)
what is that song in the background?
Thor Matt (2 months ago)
Guys should say: "I'm a millionaire." Woman will say: " I will go out with you."
Los M (2 months ago)
White ppl shit only ....this doesn’t work for shit
Strabby Crabby (2 months ago)
looks more like cheap "pick-up" lines
EAdventures Productions (2 months ago)
*goes up to schoolmate* You come here often?
Fabrice Rwank (1 month ago)
EAdventures Productions awkward 😂...no , once a month 😂...
John (2 months ago)
*chough* look over hear.
Musawenkosi Sithole (2 months ago)
Ur hot🔥🔥🔥🔥😄😱😢
Suhash Mandal (2 months ago)
Please make second part of this video, like some more starters
jordanrichards320 (2 months ago)
I'm gonna use "what brought you here today?" with my coworkers lol
flappy1y1 (2 months ago)
Hi do you like furry things? Always works
Meza (2 months ago)
That guy acts like a girl...
Bodhi Perry (2 months ago)
Lmao you are far from shy....
Привет волонтерам. Девченка немного переборщила с громкостью и ролью в кадре, а этак норм? :D
Ryan M (2 months ago)
Me : hi i think your really beautiful and wanted to come say hi ,,whats ur name girl: xxxx whats yours Me : xxxx nice to meet you Girl: nice to meet you too Me: can i have your number so we can we can hang out sometime Girl: no i have a boyfriend/i dont give numbers to strangers or random guys/ not a chance Me : okay i respect that , so guess where im moving too Girl: where Me: to better things , have a nice day
societyofone (2 months ago)
thank you :)
Jocelyn L. (3 months ago)
I’m just the person who has a habit of holding up peace signs in awkward situations and I need to stop lol!😂😩
Hoagie Laverne (3 months ago)
The video is trash the comments are the bestest though.
FAKE DADDY (3 months ago)
Laney B (3 months ago)
I know how to start a conversation for example “hey I’m Kaitlin *handshake* it’s nice to meet you (their name) I love your top it’s gorgeous” but I don’t know how to keep the conversation going ☹️
SubZero1065 (3 months ago)
FYI This stuff actually works, i am probably the most introverted person that i know and this couple of days i've been talking to a lot of strangers ,men and women, and i was genuenly surprised with how easy it actually was, expecially once you show interest in them. Thank you @AWxInc
Scraprz Comic (3 months ago)
I asked a man in the restroom where’s the toilet (brain dies)
Ankit Bhatia (3 months ago)
Intro song?
blazinfox88 (4 months ago)
She likes white boys
B G (4 months ago)
Yep. Go ahead and start a conversation with someone having a meal. Very smart and very polite
Carly (4 months ago)
Never try these with people who are at work!!! When people are working and you stop them from their job to start small talk for no reason you are essentially holding them hostage b/c in the employee/customer situation they have to be nice. I work at a hotel and maybe it's just me but for some reason people take my greeting as an inquiry into their personal lives and history. I simply say "good morning" and people tell me why they're staying at this hotel, how they got here, how the traffic was, how the weather was, where they are headed next, and God help me if they're visiting family b/c then I have to know the names and history of all those people too. I never ever ever never ask an open ended question such as "how are you"? I specifically only make closed ended statements, or declarations and still somehow they hear "please tell me a story that seemingly has end." Sometimes If i can I'll press a button to make the phone ring, but then some idiots will just stand there until I'm done to continue holding me up. I just don't know how to get out without being rude.
boeing757 (4 months ago)
"Do you like midget porn?"
O. Shawabkeh (4 months ago)
"Greatest starters" huh? What a bunch of mostly worthless silly crap, which nobody use anywhere, anytime, on anybody. But either way, there is a slim possibility they might work if you're handsome with some charm, then the conversation starter nor the content doesn't matter at all. However, we 'average' or below average-looking men should be more careful to not embarrass ourselves or be accused of harassment. It's a bit sad how YouTube is mostly filled with click-bait fake content.
tony 'too sweet' swann (4 months ago)
'so, have you ever been told, your so fine you could stop a car on a dime!' (gauranteed to get a smile and a nice response from any lady).
Sebastian B (4 months ago)
800 comment
omar (4 months ago)
tell me why he looks like the oddonesout?
kyle Cote (4 months ago)
Me:Hey you know where the restroom is? Her: yeah it’s just over there. Me: Cool you wanna go with me?
Erika Rey (4 months ago)
Great way to get slapped XD
636lover1 (4 months ago)
I like that"how do you know the host" question, provides you with several "jump off spots" to take the conversation in new directions and you then learn outside information about the host so if you're trying to get in good with them or make it seem like you're important and well known when you see the host later you already have several mutual acquaintences around the room and some inside info on them and their interests. This provides you with even more jump off points for conversation topics and you already have an idea of their interests/hobbies and can hit on those things knowing they're fairly "safe" ahead of time. The possibilities are endless!
mayank kharab (4 months ago)
Doesn't it looks creepy going to someone you don't know and starting conversation. Won't the person feel that you are a creep ??
Santiago Olveda (5 months ago)
Person 1: Hey do you know where’s the restroom? Person 2: Down the hall to the left Person 1: Cool, so where you from
Jonathan Yates (5 months ago)
Conversation guide: a) practice in becoming a better listener b) throw comfort and social norms into the garbage bin C) be a shameless person and tadaa. You are a better conversationalist. You will definetly weird out some people but who gives a F**k
Grey (5 months ago)
You are go to question is where is the bathroom, I am done with this video and now know that I can qualify for whatever jobs either of you have
A Random Name (5 months ago)
At Home Me: So what are you here for Mom: um...i live here...
thedude98022 (5 months ago)
Hey, what was the best part of your day? - Me to a girl in my 8AM class
Mike Zarcero (5 months ago)
No.  These are ice-breakers, they are not conversation starters.   The problem here is that these are all interrogatories, and therefore are subject to a high rate of failure.
ChickenBrat (5 months ago)
When you are streaming, my problem is there not physically talking to you, and usually leave.
Nathan last (5 months ago)
What if i cant even have a regular convo wit the family.
Danielle Raeburn (5 months ago)
Can you show me how to start a conversation with objects? I don’t think my cup likes what I was saying. No joke
jukebox 752 (5 months ago)
one of my personal favorites.. Hey, do you know what type of floor we are standing on
Ðivâgar ice (5 months ago)
Dorian looks like ken the doll.
modus Jurphy (6 months ago)
Why am I even here,I don’t even like talking to people
Shaba Shabadoo (6 months ago)
It was like, then I was like, then they were like, like , like
ARR0VV (6 months ago)
That girl thinks shes shy?! Common...
Abbie harris (6 months ago)
What about British roads haha
Dr Strangelove (6 months ago)
Nate S. (6 months ago)
So all of the socially ackward people are
ItzYeBoi X (6 months ago)
On a serious note, I always ask who did you vote in the election? They never shut up after that😂
Shubham (6 months ago)
Me: "Do you know where the restroom is?" Stranger: "Yeah go straight through the double doors" Me: <Thinking> Now that I have started a conversation let me talk for 20 mins while there is a bladder infarction goin on. AWxINC - This doesnt work on men
Donnie Luc (6 months ago)
Seriously, dude looks like a trained puppy. Lol!
derangius (6 months ago)
"So where are you from?" to a visible foreigner is possibly the most boring question one could ask unless it is asked with sheer interest. They get asked that question every time they step out in public. A presenter that does their homework is very distinguishable from one that doesn't.
derangius (6 months ago)
"So where are you from?" to a visible foreigner is possibly the most boring question one could ask unless it is asked with sheer interest. They get asked that question every time they step out in public. A presenter that does their homework is very distinguishable from one that doesn't.
Madison S (7 months ago)
So many hand emotions. Is that part of being a good conversationalist? Edit: Motions... not emotions.
you can't use any of these in school
artsy mind (7 months ago)
*_wow so many people are talking about the restroom in the comments and like, getting angry against it, it's kinda funny_*
TeamSlipstreamFM4 (7 months ago)
I'm not sure why, but I would never want to engage in conversation with either of these people. They seems so disingenuous, almost as if they somehow know something you don't and pander to your instincts until they've had their fill. I'm sure they'd be happy to talk about meaningless things for hours, all the while giving "advice" without knowing if it actually works. I know they honestly wouldn't give a shit about any of my responses to these "conversation starters" unless they had something to gain from it.
H2O CO2 (7 months ago)
2:58 compliments don't instantly let my guard down. They increase my guards.
corey osteen (7 months ago)
Where’s the restroom... easy que Where are you from That’s great, Where did you get x from I like x, where’d you get that from What was the best part of your day (bold) What brought you here Hi, how do you know host
Hannah O'Toole (7 months ago)
My solution to getting over social anxiety the night before a job interview lol
Robert James (7 months ago)
No..just now
Rooster (7 months ago)
Sees neighbor* “Hey, where are you from?” Yikes lol
mitch Goodall (7 months ago)
I mostly like these videos up until the sleezy looking fiancee shows up. He looks like the kind of guy who starts hitting on his wifes friends at a party once she leaves the room.
Bass The Aceist (8 months ago)
I've asked all these questions to my crush. She hates me as of today.
Me: Hey! Her: Hey sup! (easy way to start a conversation) LOL
batista6242 (8 months ago)
Incredible video! Really helped me ☺️👏
LiftOrGTFO (8 months ago)
No offence, but this seems like high society white people conversations. Seems very fake and off putting to be honest.
Alan Smithee (8 months ago)
Other ones I also use are 1) At bars, from "Two & a Half Men," Charlie Harper's simple "so how's your night going?" 2) If they're wearing a uniform or something, something about that. Like to a flight attendant you'd say, "so where are you going / coming back from?" Or to a nurse, "so are you finishing a shift or on your way to one?"
INDERVIR HUNDAL (8 months ago)
Where is the rest room?Where are you from?What do you like to drink and food?Where do you get your shirt from?What was the best part of your day?What brought you here, tonight? Whose your friend?How do you know so and so?thank you
Samantha Dokmanovic (8 months ago)
'oh thats a nice shirt, where did u get it from?' 'um its our school uniform, everyone's wearing it'
Keeley Annabel (8 months ago)
He's called what...

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