Reminder to ask people about themselves in new situations
  1. How was your day?
  2. Do you like it here?
  3. What did you do today?
  4. What are you thinking about?
  5. What do you do for fun?
  6. Do you like to read? Have you read anything interesting lately?
  7. What kinds of food do you like?
  8. What kinds of shows/movies do you like?
  9. What are some of your favorite websites?
  10. Do you like to travel? If person has not had a chance to travel follow up with If you could visit any country in the world where would you go?
  11. Do you have any insane travel stories?
  12. How did you meet X (the host, the person in the story, significant other if brought up)?
  13. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
  14. What do you do? If they are between jobs, ask about major or interests.
  15. What was the worst job you ever had?
  16. How did you get into your industry? Do you recommend it?
  17. Do you have any hobbies?
  18. What was your life like growing up?
  19. Do you have any siblings?
  20. Do you have any family traditions?
  21. Do you have any pets?
  22. What did you want to be growing up?
  23. What was your neighborhood like?
  24. What was the most ridiculous thing you did as a kid?
  25. What's the strangest thing you've ever done?
  26. Do you have any hidden talents?
  27. What's something that comes easier to you than it does for most?
  28. What is the first thing you notice about people?
  29. Do you think people are basically bad or basically good?
  30. What makes a good person in your eyes? What makes a bad person?
  31. Was there ever a time in your life that someone went above and beyond to do something kind for you? What did they do?
  32. What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?
  33. What would be your dream job?
  34. If you could do something really well in life, what would it be?
  35. What's your basic life philosophy?
  36. Who is your favorite philosopher, teacher, or writer? Why is this person your favorite?
  37. How do you define your creativity? Words? Art? Taste? Touch? Music?
  38. What are some of the books you've read that have shaped your life?
  39. If talking to someone cheerful, what motivates you?
  40. What is the most fun and interesting thing you have done in your life?
  41. Have you ever met anyone famous? Who?
  42. Who taught you the most about life?
  43. Do you believe in aliens?
  44. Do you like history? What era?