Monday, December 16, 2019

Small talk. Hard to initiate? Hard to listen to? Try better questions (59 of them for starters)

Anybody feeling stressed out about upcoming holiday events where networking and starting conversations with strangers makes you feel uncomfortable?
Photo credit:  Colleen Donaldson

What's your favorite go-to starter question to ask when you meet someone new????

 Here's an article that caught my attention - if you see me at any upcoming parties, let's play along.

 I bet we'll get to know each other better through higher quality questions and more interesting conversations!

Here are a few of my favorites:

“If you weren’t here tonight, what would you be doing on a normal Tuesday evening?”
 “What’s your favorite part of your work?”
 “What advice would you give yourself if you could rewind the clock to when you were just starting out?”
“What’s the best advice you were ever given?”
“What do you like to do on the weekends?”
“If you could start a business today, what would it be?”

 From Medium article written by Michael Thompson with 59 suggestions for initiating higher quality small-talk.