After meeting a new person, after saying, “Hello, how are you?” what is the 2nd question? In America, it is generally some version of “What do you do?” or ‘Where do you work?”. “Asking the 2nd question communicates the ‘currency’ of a social setting, answering it orients a particular person on a localized spectrum of wealth, values, and other socially relevant variables.” (WSJ: ‘Our Towns’ Review: In Search of America, see link below) Below are some suggestions if you wish to get off the beaten path re follow-up conversation questions.
A Dozen DIFFERENT Conversation Questions
1. What motivates you? What makes you get out of the bed in the morning?
2. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
3. How do you like to spend your free time?
4. If you could change one thing about yourself or your past what would it be?
5. Is your life on purpose — or are you still searching?
6. Do you have any habits you wish you could erase? Start?
7. Do you have any irrational fears?
8. What is that last new thing you learned?
9. What makes you smile?
10. What’s the most challenging thing about your life right now?
11. What would you do if you won the lottery?
12. What do you do to get rid of stress?
“The best questions attract the best answers!” – Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You
“The quality of our life is directly impacted by the quality of our questions – both to others and to ourselves.” – Tony Robbins
“Every other mother would ask her child after school ‘Did you learn anything today?’ But not my mother. ‘Izzy,’ she would say, ‘Did you ask a good question today?’ That difference – asking good questions – made me become a scientist.” – Isador Issac Rabi, Nobel Laureate
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier