My 68-year-old neighbour who was entertaining my guests at a BBQ I had this weekend inspired this blog post. She was the main entertainer at my party of 9, and everyone warmed to her and loved her.

I know I keep harping on about this but dating skills has general social skills at the core. When you have the social skills, dating will be a breeze!

What funny, interesting, stories, jokes and facts do you have? How often do you use them? If you can laugh at yourself and you don’t take yourself too seriously this is a good starting point.

For people who struggle with conversation it’s usually because it’s over thought. It’s good to have a few of the above suggestions that you can use as material to entertain people you meet, including potential dates.

Everyone should have at least one or two jokes up their sleeve that they can deliver in an engaging way. Practice them on your friends to gauge their reaction first.

Making people laugh is a powerful way to build attraction, because it makes people feel good. And everyone likes to feel good!

There are so many jokes online – I get hilarious ones from Keith Chegwin on Twitter! Tommy Cooper is the King of One Liners. Jokes are a great way to find out if someone has a similar sense of humour.