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As more and more people are being vaccinated and COVID-19 rates are falling, Those who have avoided social situations for either pandemic or personal reasons (or both) may find themselves in a situation where they are supposed to socialize. This includes both starting and conducting a conversation.

Instead of asking how it’s been doing in the past year and a half, Maryn Liles at the parade recommends starting things with a few hypothetical questions. Here are some suggestions for the next time you face the challenge of socializing.

Why hypothetical questions are useful

It’s not always easy to come up with something to say to other people, so why not turn around and ask them a hypothetical question. Here is what Liles says about her:

Serious or silly, hypothetical questions are a great way to start an interesting conversation. They create an open environment where people can share their inner thoughts and feelings. Through this “What if …?” You get to know the person you are talking to better. Questions force you to think and use your imagination.

Examples of hypothetical questions

Here are some sample questions to get you started:

1. If you had the chance, would you want to be pain free for the rest of your life?

2. Would you take a $ 70,000-a-week job offer that pays you to sit in a pitch black room and do nothing for 20 hours a day?

3. What would I hear if I asked a group of people you know five adjectives to describe you?

4. What place on the planet would you never want to live and why?

5. What famous person’s body would you take on if you were a zombie?

6. What would be your first reaction if I told you that you failed?

7. Would you rather forget yourself or others?

8. Can you give up 30 years of your life if you let a stranger die?

9. Would you take something that would take away your body’s need for sleep if you were given it?

10. Do you always have to say everything that comes to mind or say nothing at all?

11. What mask would you like if you had to wear one for the rest of your life?

12. What music would you prefer if you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life?

13. What show would you like to have if you had to be trapped on a TV show for a month? And who would you be if you were a character?

14. We can choose a single color that our eyes can see before we are born. Which color would you like to choose?

15. Every day 12 new things come into your home, each starting with a letter of your choice. Which letter would you choose?

16. What would you choose if you had the opportunity to live seventy years and be incredibly happy or live forever and be unhappy?

17. How would you cope with a situation at work where you were asked to do a task that was against your morals?

18. Would you like to become President of the United States or head of state of a monarchy? Where would you rule if you were a monarch?

19. What would you eat if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life?

20. Do you think you could convince a colleague to see your point of view on the direction of a strategy? If so, how would you convince them?

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You can Read Liles’ full list of 170 hypothetical questions in her article.