I probably enjoy talking about what people do for a living more than most. But even I tire of being asked, “What do you do?” While this question is an easy and relevant way to start a dialogue, it often limits deeper insight. Most of us respond with a shallow and scripted answer that feels more like a transaction than a conversation.
So this week, our task is to go beyond titles and small talk. Our goal is to truly connect.
MY INTENTION IS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE AROUND ME.
Here are ten questions to possibly try out during your interactions this week. Some are more personal than others, but all should spark deeper and more interesting conversations that will encourage authentic connection. Ask yourself these questions, too—your answers may surprise you.
- What’s your favorite part of your job?
- If you retired tomorrow, how would you spend your days?
- What do you like about living in this area?
- Which of your jobs has shaped you the most?
- Who is your favorite person at work?
- What would you say is your favorite place in the whole world?
- If you could heal one problem in the world, what would it be?
- How long could you give up your phone without missing it?
- What habit do you want to work harder at cultivating?
- How do you rest and recover?
I hope these questions will enhance your perspective and help you learn more about the people around you—and yourself.
Wishing you a peaceful and intentional week.