1. About how many new people do you meet a week?
  2. Are you a person who approaches someone first? Or are you a person who waits for someone to approach you?
  3. Are you nervous when you are introduced to someone new? How could a shy person overcome their fear of meeting new people?
  4. Do business people exchange business cards in your culture? How do they do it?
  5. Do people in your culture show their emotions when communicating with others or do they hide some feelings? How do they show their emotions? What kind of feelings might they hide?
  6. Do people in your culture use a lot of body language when they communicate, or do they keep their bodies relatively still?
  7. Do you enjoy meeting new people? What do you like most or least about it?
  8. Do you ever shake hands with when you meet a new person in your culture?
  9. Do you feel comfortable with people here? With people from other cultures?
  10. Do you feel you are outgoing or shy around people? How do you usually act?
  11. Do you know any funny “pick up lines”?
  12. Do you like meeting new people? Why or why not?
  13. Do you like to kiss, shake or bow when you meet a new person?
  14. Do you like to shake hands when you meet new people?
  15. Do you shake hands with someone new always, usually, sometimes, never?
  16. Do you think that some people are destined to meet?
  17. Do you usually shake hands with when you meet a new person?
  18. Have you ever experienced being completely wrong in your first impression?
  19. Have you ever had a stranger come up and start talking to you? How did you respond?
  20. Have you ever met someone you hated right after meeting them?
  21. How do you introduce two people to each other?
  22. How do you know if you can trust a person that you have met?
  23. How far apart do people stand from each other when they talk in your culture?
  25. How important are first impressions to you?
  26. How important is it to smile when you meet someone for the first time?
  27. If you are looking for a good friend, where do you usually go to meet people?
  28. If you are looking for a shallow relationship, where do you usually go to meet people?
  29. If you don’t know your partners very well ask them some questions to get to know them.
  30. If you don’t really like this new person how do you finish the conversation and make your escape?
  31. If you see a handsome boy/beautiful girl that you want to get to know, what is the best way to approach them?
  32. If you want to get to know people at a party would you go first to people of your own age or people of your own sex?
  33. In your country, how do you know if you can trust a person that you meet?
  34. Is it impolite to say “No” in your culture if you don’t know someone very well?
  35. Is it OK to ask a person for their age in your country? Why or why not?
  36. Is it OK to touch another person when you first meet them in your culture?
  37. The favorite topic for new acquaintances in Britain is the weather, in America it’s where you come from, what is it in your country?
  38. What are some different ways of making introductions?
  39. What are some good things to ask someone you just met?
  40. What are some things that you usually talk about when you meet a new person?
  41. What are some things you shouldn’t ask people you just met?
  42. What are some ways to overcome being nervous about meeting new people?
  43. What are the advantages of meeting new people when you move to a new country?
  44. What are the customary greetings and behaviors for meeting/greeting someone in your culture?
  45. What are the first things you notice when you meet someone?
  46. What can we do to create more understanding and harmony among people in our world?
  47. What do people do when they meet a new person in your culture?
  48. What do you do if you forget the name of someone you’ve just been introduced to? What are some things you can say?
  49. What does your name mean?
  50. What is a favorite topic for new acquaintances of your age in your country?
  51. What is one thing that many people don’t know about you?
  52. What is the favorite topic for new acquaintances in your country?
  53. What kind of people do you like to meet?
  54. What makes you remember a new person that you have just met? Do you remember them for long?
  55. When you introduce people do you use their whole names or just first names?
  56. Where are some good places to meet people?
  57. Where is the best place to meet new people?
  58. Who was the last new person you met and where did you meet them? Have you seen them again?
  59. Why don’t strangers talk to each other as often as they used to?

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