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Conversation starters to learn more about your friends and family

adult man and young boy sitting by campfire

As the weather starts to cool off and thoughts turn to campfires, cool nights and holiday gatherings, it is a perfect time to gather your family or friends together and learn a bit more about each other. Here are some conversation starters to find some conversation starters to learn some great stories from your family and friends.

  • What is one thing you hope people remember about you?
  •  If you could learn one new skill, what would be it be?
  • Where is one place you have traveled or lived that holds a special memory for you?
  • What is one holiday tradition you enjoy and why?
  • If you could spend more time doing one thing, what would it be?

We would love to hear some of your ideas for future conversation starters, so feel free to e-mail or post on our Facebook page other conversation starters to share in the future.


Judy Schmidt provides leadership to 4-H metro programming in Peoria County. Schmidt joined Extension in 2001, working as a Youth Development Educator at the East Peoria Center and joined the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell unit in 2011. Her work focuses on 4-H youth development programming in the local metropolitan area, specifically leading positive youth development initiatives for after-school programs, community groups, 4-H clubs and other youth-serving organizations. Her areas of expertise include positive youth development principles, youth leadership, and work with teens as teachers.

Schmidt attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her bachelor's degree in psychology and also for her master's degrees in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a certified facilitator of the Matrixx System/Real Colors program by the National Curriculum and Training Institute.


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