I've never thought of this phrase as being a 'conversation killer' but it makes sense.
Want to ensure a first time introduction doesn't come to an abruput end- then don't have this statement be the first that pours out of your mouth...
"What do you do for a living?"
According to Elizabeth Spiers, former editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, the traditional conversation-starter comes with a whole lot of other implicit questions, like "How much money do you make?" "Is what you do significant?" and "Do we have anything in common?" (Huffington Post)
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