If you’re like most people in this world, sometimes a first date can be a little intimidating. Our brains have a tendency to go out the window. There’s nothing worse than having an awkward silence when you’re trying to think of something to say, but nothing comes to mind. For those awkward, quiet moments, we’ve created 5 questions to get conversion moving again.

What’s your job?

Yes, it seems like a pretty basic question, but believe it or not, when people get nervous, they forget to ask this question. This is a great start because most people can talk for quite a while about what they do and you may find that you have more in common than you originally thought.

Who is your favorite band or musical group?

You can learn a lot about someone based on their musical tastes. So it doesn’t matter if you’re a music buff or not, most of the time music is a great way to find common ground.

Which is your favorite dessert?

Everyone loves desserts and most of us have had a favorite since we were kids. So find out what your date’s favorite dessert is, and then see if you can guess what she would order at the restaurant based on what she has to say.

You like to travel?

Seeing if someone likes to travel and where they like to travel is a great way to get to know some of their passions in life. If you can get someone to talk about their travel adventures, you can really see their true colors.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

This is always a fun question to see if they would solve world hunger or buy that new watch they were looking at. It’s a great way to have fun and see what kind of person you really are.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Finding out about your date’s hobbies can be fun, and you may find that you both share a unique interest in juggling flaming swords. (Hey, it may be a long shot, but stranger things have happened)

So don’t be left with nothing to say on your date. These 6 topics can ensure you always have something to talk about and may be the cure for the dreaded awkward silence that can kill even the best first date.

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