There are many topics you can bring up. It is not so much the topic as it is how you bring it up. Meaning, use open-ended questions so that the other person is more engaged. For example, if you are talking about the weather, most people make a comment of how cold or hot it is. Instead, consider asking them how they are enjoying the cold weather, or how they like all the unexpected snow.
Can you see how this approach helps engage the other person in conversation? They might respond by saying they love the cold weather and enjoy an occasional snow because they are from Florida. Then they may mention they are from Florida and ask you what part are you from? See how an open-ended question can lead to more dialogue as opposed to a closed-ended question?
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