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Topics of Conversation if Stuck In An Elevator

Updated on June 12, 2012

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.


Off Limits

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.

Party time!
Party time!

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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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, sports. The default guy conversation topic :)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      So funny! Also, surprisingly useful and accurate. I'll have to keep this hub in mind if I'm ever stuck in an elevator.

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Wouh!! It thrills, super hub which reminds us to keep a positive vision in life. Thanq

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Well that and you never know when Jeopardy may call Melanie, thanks!

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      MelanieRNOntheweb 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for the insight. Now I know why I must strive to maintain a relevant and robust vocabulary in a world becoming dominated by email and text messages.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      I hear you shiningirisheyes, there no fun for me either! Thanks for reading!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Although extremely useful hub, I pity the poor soul who gets stuck in an elevator with me. I have an extreme phobia for small places. Every time I step on one, I have to mentally psych myself out.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading Victoria! I'm just glad I could help!

      I agree Lynn, in your case the faster the better, and the stairs just aren't going to cut it!

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      I don't like heights and am claustrophobic as well. I used to work on the 38th floor of a building and one elevator was like a cannonball train-it got you up or down fast. Scary - but fast is good in a case like that.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Who knew!! Now we know what to talk about. I feel TTombs' pain. That would be awful to have to pee!!!! Thanks, weestro. I'm always glad when I read your hubs. They make me feel better. I'm smiling. :-)Many votes!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      That never occurred to me TTombs, that would be a factor in the conversation! Thanks!

      What about an escalator Rochelle? Actually your town sounds lovely! Thanks for reading!

      That is the worst Curiad, and would definitely start a fight! thanks!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      As long as the other people have no food and don't talk with food in the mouth I guess I could make do:)

      Voted Up!

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thankfully, I live in a town with no buildings over two stories high-- therefore, no elevators. In fact there are no traffic lights-- so, no getting stuck in traffic jams, no lines at the DMV-- so, no sitting with strangers for hours with a number in your hand.

      Nevertheless, it's good information in general and very funny.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I was actually stuck in an elevator at a hospital in my freshman year in highschool for 5 hours with 5 guys; my boyfriend, my brother, my dad, and 2 strangers; well, they weren't strangers after we were finally released! :) I have never had to go pee SO bad in my LIFE! :) Voted up and then some. :)

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Most of all, don't start crying. That was hysterical, my problem would be not panicking since I am claustrophobic. I won't even shut the closet door while I am in there and it is HUGE. Elevators had better be really quick.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Stephie, Spartucus, I'm just happy that you stumbled upon this important information! As always, I'm here to help! Thanks!

      Thanks billybuc, I've always thought we needed a unique tab!

      Sorry about that fatfreddyscat, hopefully I didn't conjure up any bad memories, thanks for stopping by!

      I'm with you MelChi, stick to the stairs, thanks for reading and voting!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      LOL!! Not the part about being stuck in an elevator - that's happened to me before, luckily only for 5 minutes, but still it's not pleasant. I am also afraid of heights and claustrophobic, and can't even imagine having to make small talk with people while trying to calm down! I watch far too many natural disaster movies, and movies with elevators falling. I'd much rather walk up 10 flights of stairs than take the elevator any day! This was awesome! Voted up, funny, awesome and sharing :)

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      I have actually been stuck in an elevator... unfortunately I was alone at the time, so even if I'd had these tips to use as a guide, they wouldn't have done me any good as I had no one to talk to! Haha.

      ...thankfully I was rescued fairly quickly, but the experience still ranks as the longest half hour of my life.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my friend, I am armed and ready should this ever happen to me. I think, more than anything else, this hub gives us an insight in your mind because I gotta tell you, not many people would think to write about this subject. LOL....

      Unique....yes, that's the word I'll use...this is truly unique. :)

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Extremely useful hub! Now I am hoping to get stuck in an elevator just so I could employ your practical suggestions.

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      stephie987 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for posting this. I've always wondered what I could and couldn't talk about if I ever got stuck in an elevator!! Now I don't have to wonder anymore! You've mapped it all out! Haha but seriously, this was really funny and if I DO ever get stuck in an elevator, I will apply your suggestions to the situation :)