Lunch is an ideal opportunity to meet new friends, potential collaborators or... even your nemesis. Are you're feeling nervous when approaching someone new? Well, you're not alone.
You might benefit from tips below on how to initiate a conversation - maybe start talking about them and comment on how stupid/hilarious they are.
Tip Nr. 1: You can't go wrong with weather. But don't stop there. Amazing sunny weekend, isn't it? I took my laptop to the garden to program, but I had to go back inside, as suddenly my code was full of bugs. The analog ones.
Tip Nr.2: Start with a funny story (if you're lucky enough to remember one at that moment). It's best if you have a few up your sleeve. Or just read some tweets. You probably follow some funny people on Twitter anyway.
Tip Nr.3: Jokes. Might work, might backfire. The ones about you (self-deprecating jokes) are the safest as it's not that easy to offend yourself, or is it? Oh, don't you tell me I can't offend myself!