Ice Ice Baby
Going on a first date can be pretty awesome, but it can also be pretty awkward. Having some good ice breakers in your back pocket will help you ‘break’ any uncomfortable silence. The key is to ask your date questions and hopefully he or she will reciprocate. People love talking about themselves – it’s the one subject they know everything about! So if you’ve run out of questions, after asking the classic ‘what’s your favorite TV show’ or ‘tell me about what you do’, then use these ice breaker suggestions. . .
The 5 W’s
We learned the 5 W’s when we were younger: who, what, where, why and when. We naturally use these question words to gather information in our day to day life, so why not use them on our dates as well? Easy enough to remember, especially for a first date.
- Who – ‘Who are you, who who, who who?’. A question like, ’Who is your favorite Game of Thrones Character?’ is perfect because there are so many characters, you two could go on for hours. You can judge your date by his or her choice. However, if your date says ‘Joffrey’ then ask for the check ASAP. If you don’t watch Game of Thrones (you should), then you can replace this question with another favorite show of yours. Other questions:‘Who is your least favorite celebrity?’ or ‘Who would you want to meet, dead or alive?’.
- What – The ‘What’ category has endless possibilities. ‘What are your passions?’ can show you a lot about your date. Other ‘What’ questions: ‘What is your favorite type of music?’, ‘What is a food you’ve never tried before?’ or ‘What album do you listen to on repeat, but would never tell anyone?’.
- Where – When in doubt, talk about ‘where’ you are! Whether you’re at dinner, or drinking coffee together, you can always comment on the location. Ask if he or she has ever been there before and then lead into more questions. For example, if you are at a sushi restaurant, you can talk about a certain fish you’ve never tried, or ask what other types of food he or she enjoys. Other ‘Where’ questions: ‘Where did you grow up?’ or ‘Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled to?’.
- Why – Asking ‘Why’ questions are not suggested for a first date. You start to sound like you are putting your date on trial. Change the word ‘why’ to ‘how’ and your questions will come off nicer. Ex: ‘Why did you get into your profession?’ —-> ‘How did you end up in your profession?’
- When – ‘When’ questions are great for asking ‘When did you move to _____?’ or ‘When you were younger, what were you like?’. The last question is a great one because it’s where you get to talk about your crazy hair days and those ridiculous shoes you thought were the coolest. It’s even better when you learn your date was a nerd because nerds make the best catches as they get older.