First dates are usually nerve wracking – you want to be polite but not too polite, lest your date find you pretentious. You want to say the right things but you realise you’re beginning to sound like a robot after a few sentences.

Is there really a way to have a fantastic first date without being miserable in the first 30 minutes?

Let’s help you out with these interesting icebreakers that will help you sail through the most difficult part of getting to know your prospective partner.

First dates can be nerve wracking but with the right conversation topics, you should come out fine

1. Where did you grow up?

Asking this question gives you an opportunity to get to know your date on a more personal level. It is also a good question that puts them at ease because it’s a topic that doesn’t require a technical answer, and you can pick up from where s/he left off by sharing your own growing up stories too. 

2. What do you do for a living?

Just like the question above, this one is a great way of finding out your date’s means of livelihood without seeming nosy. It would also give you a chance to get to know whether they enjoy what they do or not, thereby giving you more strings of questions to ask that will lead to a series of interesting conversations.

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3. Do you have any hobbies?

Here’s how you know what your date likes to do for fun when they’re not working. Both of you may even discover that you share similar hobbies, and then swap tales on other fun activities you’ve been engaging in lately. Meanwhile, try as much as possible to steer off intimate details like sex. Even if sex is one of your hobbies, don’t mention that here, lest your date starts thinking you’re about to turn your meeting into a booty call.

4. If you die today, who will give the worst eulogy at your funeral?

It isn’t a job interview, so crazy questions are totally allowed. This question is humorous and after you both laugh off the morbidity of it, is a great way to connect and even asses your date's sense of humour. Plus this is how you get to know which of their friends or family member they consider to be the silliest. This is a clever way of getting your date to open up about people that are close to them without actually asking directly.