Have you ever been on a date, or just met someone and been totally stuck for a subject to talk about. It helps to have some backup plans in place, some tried and true subjects that you can fall back on if you are struggling for a conversation. Here is a list of dating conversation starters.
Talking about the other person is generally a good idea. Discussing yourself and how awesome you are all the time might mean you end up talking to yourself. Here are some dating conversation topics to avoid early on.
Try remember the answers they give about topics you discuss. If things develop further you might be able earn bonus points by remembering and or using things they like to surprise them.
Remember that they will often ask you the same question.
Current News Events
Having an idea of what is going on in the world makes you seem up to date and can provide a wealth of topics to discuss and find more out about each other.
Weekends Or Public Holidays
Asking about what someone did on the weekends or public holidays gives you an insight into what they like to do with their spare time.
This also gives you an idea if they are likely to run off somewhere ;)
People generally like talking about themselves and especially their interests.
Food, Restaurants And Drinks
Be careful discussing alcohol. You might come across as an alcoholic. Depending on who you are talking to, this may be a turn off.
Music And Arts
Most people like listening to music. You may be able to reach some common ground here. Perhaps they play and instrument or have some artistic streak.