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Topics of Conversation if Stuck In An Elevator
If ever you find yourself in the unenviable situation of being stuck in an elevator, there are two things you should hope for. First of course, is that the elevator will be fixed in quick fashion.
The second and equally important thing is that you have some company. After all your smartphone only has but so much battery life. Ideally a group of 2-4 would be enough to fill the long gaps, more than that and it could get a bit stuffy.
So, you’re stuck in the box with some company, what now. What should you talk about? Well it’s not as easy as you think. Here are some ideas:
Time it will take to fix – This one’s easy, a common interest. Both of you want to get out so you share this common goal. How long will it take them? What has gone wrong? This should be a great starter topic.
Work – If you’re stuck in the elevator at work it’s only natural that this will be the topic of conversation. If the two of you know each other you should have no problem, unless it’s Dan, that moron who never pulls his weight. You've just been waiting to give him a piece of your mind…
Sports – Especially for guys, talking sports is usually the go to subject for any guys forced to spend time together. Brother in law? Sports. Coworker? Sports. Sports brings men (and some women) together like nothing else. *If it's an Alabama fan and an Auburn fan on the elevator there may be a fight to the death.
Movies – Talking movies is a great time waster, but don’t bring up movies about falling elevators or terrorist plots. Seen a good comedy lately?
Family – For the most part harmless, but be careful not to get too personal. What seems like an innocent subject may set off a crying fit and you may have to play Dr. Phil until the elevator decides to move.
Urban Legends - There's nothing good that can come of telling stories of people falling down elevator shafts or losing limbs trying to escape.
Politics – Not recommended, religion and politics can send even the most normal appearing people into a frenzy. Considering you are stuck in an 6X6 box with this person, try to avoid these topics.
Religion – Maybe a quick prayer to yourself, but be careful, this topic can unleash a firestorm.
Disasters– Now would not be an appropriate time to bring up earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and power outages. Keep it light; you don’t want to start a panic.
Death – No reason for this, think positive! Getting everyone or yourself worked up is not going to accomplish anything.
These topics should get you started as you wait for help. In today's fast pace world many people communicate through phones an email, it may take some warming up actually talking to strangers.
The key here is to keep it light and upbeat, nobody likes a Debbie Downer. Hopefully, your stay in the box will be brief, but if not, stay on topic, make the best of it, and most of all do not start crying.
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