20 Conversation Starters to Get Everyone Talking

It's happened to most of us. You sit down at the dinner table and it's a little too quiet for comfort. Maybe you stopped by our Lake of the Ozarks Happy Hour and weren't sure how to strike up a conversation with someone new. Everyone has a lot to talk about, but sometimes it's difficult to get the conversation started.

Talking to family and friends that you are close to usually isn't too difficult, but every once in a while it's fun to spice up the conversation a bit and take the talk in a new direction than your norm. When it comes to talking to a person that you are meeting for the first time, it's best to keep topics general and non-controversial. 

JB Hook's has put together a few interesting questions that could lead to some very compelling conversations. Most of these will work well both one-on-one and in a group. Here are two lists: one that should be safe for people you already know, and another that is safe to ask just about anyone.  


  • If you could only eat one food every day for one whole month, what would you choose?
  • What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
  • If you had one wish, what would you wish for, and why?
  • If you could produce one movie, what would it be about? 
  • What is your favorite holiday?
  • What three things would you grab if your house was on fire?
  • If you had to get a brand new job today, where would you want to work?
  • Do you have a hidden talent?
  • What has been the best day of your life so far?
  • If you won the lottery today, what would your first gigantic purchase be?


  • What brings you here today?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • What is the one food you refuse to eat?
  • What is the most beautiful place you have ever seen?
  • What is something that you would love to learn to do?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? 
  • What is your favorite movie, tv show, or book?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What do you love to do in your free time?
  • Would you rather be a movie star, a pro athlete, or the leader of a country?

That should be plenty of ideas to get the ball rolling and get a great conversation started. Dinner and Happy Hour are perfect times to relax and get to know someone a little better. You may learn some new and interesting facts about people that you thought you knew everything about, or you may find a new friend that you have a lot in common with.

The next time you visit our lake view restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, keep some of these questions in mind in case you get stuck for inspiration. JB Hook's is a great place to relax and enjoy an evening. Come with friends, or come on your own. Either way, we're sure you'll find someone to strike up an entertaining conversation with. 

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