1. Learn 5 Tried-And-True Conversation Starters
As a rule, avoid conversations about politics, religion, sex and money at any given social situation. Even the closest friends can get a little weird around these subjects and such discussions should be kept to one-on-ones unless you want full-on group warfare. However, most of the time the problem is stilted conversation, in which case it's useful to arm yourself with five perfect conversation starters that can be employed on anyone, anywhere. Asking a guest about themselves always works -- their job, their travel plans or their opinion on something that's happening in the room -- as most people feel comfortable talking about themselves. Secondly, ask them about other people in the room. Do they know them? How do they know them? Observe, and you shall find something to talk about. You can zone in on topics most people like and will have something to say about, like movies, music, travel, food or culture. Finally, don't be afraid of silence. It's always better to take a breath, sip your drink and think about something seamless to say rather than randomly bring up something that is awkward for you both. Never, ever resort to talking about the weather. You're above that.