Before asking or answering any questions, decide in advance to spend most of your conversational energies learning about the other person. When you ask the other person questions about him or herself, you allow them to speak about something they totally understand and it takes the conversation from the awkward question and answer level to a more comfortable storytelling format for both of you. This is especially true if you tell them a little bit about yourself after they have answered your questions.
Knowing what to talk about during those awkward first few minutes on a date can be challenging. One of the best ways to overcome this awkwardness is to develop a few predetermined questions you can use to break the tension of the moment.
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