3 Cool Things That Make Great Conversation Pieces

It seems as if everything in the world that’s interesting is becoming more rare to find in daily conversation. Is everyone talking only about celebrity divorces and the newest electronic gadget?

Have no fear: We’ve found some topics that will inspire cool conversations and make you a popular storyteller among friends and strangers alike! Check out these three cool things that make for great conversations.

1. Art by a local artist

Few subjects are more interesting than the story behind a neat work of art, especially when you know the artist. Imagine showing a painting or a sculpture to a group of friends at a party, and then being able to introduce them to the artist, unexpectedly. You’ll drive a great conversation, and also look very connected and sophisticated!

2. Dogs

Dogs seem simple and ubiquitous. One of the beautiful things about dogs is that it’s true: they are quite simple beings. That doesn’t mean they’re predictable, however, and if you adopt a dog and go to a local dog park, you’ll undoubtably have something cool to talk about.

It might be your dog, or the other person’s, but the dogs will almost always exhibit behaviors that are pretty cool to observe and relate to other humans later.

3. Obscure but awesome drinking devices

Drinking one kind of alcohol or another is something that a lot of people do, and conversations regularly focus on the quality or attributes of the liquid that’s being consumed. It’s almost always the topic you’ll overhear at a bar or dinner party.

The discussion may take the form of:

— “This is my favorite Merlot wine on the market. It is so smooth, and you can just taste all kinds of subtle fruits in it.”

— “Whiskey like this is about the hardest thing to find in this part of the world. People just don’t drink this brand much, outside of Scotland.”

— “A hoppy beer like this is definitely the best for someone who likes craves fresh perkiness on a hot summer day, but I really prefer a darker beer regardless of the temperature outside, because they just have so much more flavor, in my opinion!”

Imagine if those types of conversations turned to something that’s fascinating for everyone who listens. When you can explain to the gathering the unusual history of a seldom-used bar implement at a winery, you’ll be the hit of the party!

Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati. Drew has worked at a variety of different startups as well as large advertising agencies.