How to Talk to Strangers

Have you ever wanted to approach a stranger and kick up a conversation? Whether you're at a networking event, lost and need directions, or have your eye on a special someone - there will be a time when you'll want to talk to a stranger. How to pull it off without looking like a weirdo? Try Modern Manners Guy's tips.

Richie Frieman
6-minute read
Episode #255

Two people starting a conversation

I've said this many times, but one thing I love is a good awkward situation.  I mean, they make for great fodder for the Modern Manners Guy column, of course! True, it's very unnerving when an awkward situation happens, but I always tend to value the take-away from the situation much more than I dread the weirdness.

However, I do have my limitations. If a stranger who approaches me turns out to be a legit lunatic and picks me as the lucky one who gets to hear their rant about the government conspiracy to hide aliens, that’s never fun… Although I am intrigued...


However odd, weird or uncomfortable talking to someone you don’t know is, I find that being able to kick up a conversation with a complete stranger is a skill that everyone should have in their back pocket. You never know when that person next to you could be someone crucial to your career or life. Maybe they're even your soul mate! Or maybe they will offer you helpful directions if you're lost.  

So, before you find yourself lost for words about talking to someone new, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for properly starting a conversation with a stranger: