Quick Hit: Icebreakers Actually Work

Dave Bowden

Let’s be honest: small talk sucks, right?

It’s shallow, boring and infinitely less interesting than the sort of deep conversations that most of us would prefer to have.

But we can’t hide from the truth: lame conversation starters, despite the fact that the word “lame” is in their very name, work. Or so says the Science of Us:

“An icebreaker can help to foster a sense of ‘psychological safety,’ or an atmosphere in which people feel
free to speak up.”

Read the full reason why dumb games and anecdotes work to help us form connections over here, or keep reading to discover another technique for striking up small talk…

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Dave Bowden
As the founder of Irreverent Gent, Dave helps thousands of guys sharpen their style, strengthen their confidence and stand out from the crowd. When not blogging, he loves working out, obsessing over the MCU (#ILoveYou3000) and pretending to know about wine when his wife takes him somewhere fancy.


  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ve definitely shied away from icebreakers in the past, but might have to consider them.

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