What is this?
Just what they sound like, conversation starters are meant to start conversations in a fun, low-stakes way. They can generate reactions, opinions, and openings for more direct lines of questioning.
When should I use this?
Use conversation starters to build rapport with interview subjects and warm them up for an in-depth interview. You can also use conversation starters to jump-start a flagging interview.
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Conversation starters can be pictures, questions, or objects used to break the ice with interview subjects or get reactions to policy or service solutions. For instance, you might ask, “What would the perfect school schedule be for you?” or “What will school look like in 100 years?”