Talking to strangers but not smalltalk
May 1, 2011 4:40 PM Subscribe
I want to talk to strangers, but not make smalltalk. What are interesting questions that I can ask random strangers, questions that, with just the right mix of playfulness, sincerity, etc., might actually be possible to ask without freaking out myself or the other person? Adapting an example I came across in a random book: "Excuse me, Iknowthisisweirdbut, what's the most important thing you know?"
posted by zeek321 to human relations (34 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
"(Anddon'tworryI'mnotgoingtoaskyoutoacceptJesusintoyourlife!)" I'm going to look for eye contact and be sensitive to body language--I myself often just want to get on with my day without bother.