Questions to Ask on a First Date for Magnetic Conversation

Awkward silences be gone

First dates can be v nerve-wracking. What should you wear? Do you show up before or after them? Should you tell them not being open to owning 56 dogs is a deal breaker for you? SO MANY QUESTIONS to think about, which is why the last thing you should be stressing about is what questions to ask them. That’s where we come in.

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Asking questions — the right questions — can literally be a first date life saver. Not only will it make your date feel comfortable and help them loosen up a bit, it will make them feel special and listened to, which releases all sorts of happy chemicals that will make them associate you with something they really really like.

If you’ve read my article on How to Make a Great Impression, you’ll know that I went to the Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People mixer and learned SO much about connecting with people. The number one thing I left with, was that you can totally ask the wrong questions, bringing a conversation to a complete halt. So before we jump into some great questions to ask, remember this tip when it comes to the questions you’ll want to avoid. Broad questions like “How was your day?”, “What’s your favorite movie?” or “What do you do?” actually just freeze people’s brains. So get more specific. Isn’t it more fun when someone asks you “What’s the movie you always watched as a child” as opposed to “What’s your favorite movie?” With the latter, your brain kind of freaks out and you end up not remember a single name of a movie you like. So remember: stay specific with your questions.

And with that, we’re off! Here are 30 questions that will get your first date off to a magnetic start:

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What movie were you obsessed with as a kid?

What’s your perfect pizza?

What’s your most used emoji?

Do you have a sibling you’re closest to?

Any idea what you want to major in in college?

What’s your favorite thing about [insert their hobby here]?

If you could only listen to one genre of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Would you ever get a tattoo? What would it be?

What’s your favorite thing about your mom?

Have you been on any fun vacations lately?

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

What vegetable can you not stand?

Can you do any accents well?

What celebrity do people tell you you look like?

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

If you could have one TV show be revived, what would it be?

Cat or dog person?

What was the name of your first pet?

What does a perfect lazy day look like to you?

What’s something you’re bad at?

What’s your favorite book you read in school?

Does public speaking make you nervous?

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any goals for before the end of the year?

What’s your favorite holiday?

What food can you not live without at Thanksgiving?

What’s something you’re really good at?

Would you consider anyone your mentor? Who?

Would you like to be famous or hate it?

What city have you always wanted to live in?

Do you have any weird fears?

Oh! And just one more thing. Try and stay away from talking about the “ex.” Pretty please. You’ll thank me later. Good luck, and remember just keep the questions rolling and you’ll have:

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