Awkwardness, Be Gone: 10 Best First-Date Conversation Starters

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Because there's nothing worse than sitting across from a handsome stranger & hearing radio silence.

First dates can be exciting, nerve-wracking and filled with possibility. If you arrive armed with some conversational ammo to kill any awkward silences, you'll increase the likelihood that you'll have a good time and maybe even find yourself wanting date number two. As a way to break the ice (beyond commenting on the weather) these conversation kick-starters are sure to open up a dialogue and help you get to know each other. Or, at the very least, keep you entertained.

What are you most proud of? We know it sounds job interview-y, but come on, everyone likes to brag about their accomplishments a little bit. Plus, it's a great, intimidation-free way to get a sense of a person's values and what is important to them, says relationship expert Wendy Walsh, Ph.D., author of The 30-Day Love Detox. Not to mention, "healthy self-pride is sexy," says Walsh. 

What book or movie do you know backwards and forwards? As John Cusack's character quips in High Fidelity, "What really matters is what you like, not what you are like." Plus, one of the easiest ways to bond is through shared interests—like that you can both quote every line from Anchorman or that you both read every book in the Harry Potter series (twice).

Read more at Women's Health: 10 No-Fail Conversation Starters for a First Date

This article was originally published at Women's Health Magazine. Reprinted with permission from the author.