The ice breaker is the hardest and most crucial part of your first impression. You don’t want to go with something strange, and you don’t want to ruin things by picking something that’s not going to interest her. Stick with pop culture, and you should be able to get at least a passing conversation from any girl.
Watch TV dramas
When it comes to pop culture, it changes really fast. However, it’s easy to stay up to date on it with minimal work. If you’re looking for a great overview of pop culture with a classy twist, just listen to the weekly NPR podcast, “Pop Culture Happy Hour.”
Otherwise, stay up with the top media outlets: movies, music, and TV. If you hear about the “must watch” show this season, plunk yourself down for an hour a week and watch it. Obviously, this isn’t the TV show that you hear about from media sources. Keep your ears open in public and you’ll be able to hear which shows are doing well with the general public.
If you’ve got a short drive to work, try listening to your local Top 40 station a few days a week. Even if it’s not your kind of music, you should be able to get a feel for the kind of music that’s playing and what artists are big right now.
If you’re not a film freak, you definitely aren’t going to be seeing every single movie that comes out. In fact, you might not wind up seeing any movies for months at a time. That doesn’t mean that you can’t join in for the water cooler talk. Read a couple reviews online, and you’ll have all the opinions you need to have a heart to heart with the cutie at the water cooler.
Applying Pop Culture to the Ladies
With some minimal effort, you can stay up to date on the latest and greatest trends in pop culture. Next, just pick out what a girl likes. If she’s not wearing any band gear, don’t ask her about music; if you want the greatest common denominator, stick to TV. Even if she hasn’t watched it herself, she’s heard about it. You and she can talk about the struggles to avoid this show if it’s one she doesn’t like, or you can encourage her to invest her time in it if she’s waffling and wants to be convinced.
When you bring up common knowledge, it’s much less invasive than commenting on her personal appearance or trying to get her to confess her darkest secrets to you. A simple, “Hey, what did you think of that episode last night?” will get you a lot further than, “I like your hair.” Even if you strike out with that particular line, the ice has been broken. You’re free to ask her what television she does like or if she’s more of a movie girl. You can take the conversation anywhere a lot more comfortably than you could if you picked something more elitist and less accessible for your ice breaker.