(sorry I'm working out the kinks of my new website - let's try this post again with better formatting)
Focus your efforts on TAPP topics, and you’ll prepare your brain for the most common conversation topics. TAPP stands for Things, Activities, People, and Places. The TAPP topics function as a guideline to follow as you expand and add to your mental storage of facts, opinions, and experiences.
THINGS: Technology, Books, Clothes, Cars, Movies, TV Shows, Food, Drink, and Weather
ACTIVITIES: Hobbies, Volunteering, Sports, Fitness, Diets, Entertainment, Gaming, Education, Dating, Vacations, Shopping, and Careers
PEOPLE: Kids/Parenting, Family, Pets, Gossip, Relationships, Opposite Sex, You, Them, Culture, Common friends/Co-workers, Local/Global News, Appearance, and Human Behavior
PLACES: Surroundings, Cities, Landmarks, States, Restaurants, Festivals, Houses, and Stores
A great practice exercise: Try to think of something interesting for every single TAPP topic. This may take you a while, but notice which areas you struggle to think of anything. You may need to collect more conversational knowledge/experiences in those areas.
Stay social, my friends.
PS. The books are still on track for release this Spring. It looks like How to Talk Business and How to Make a First Impression will be finished first.