Meeting new people is a difficult thing for shy, introverted people, or those with Social Anxiety, but neither is it always the easiest thing for extroverts who are out of their comfort zone.
When meeting new people, after names and introductions, many people fall back on an old standard opening question such as ” What do you do?”
Often the person asking the question uses this as a standard opening question, wanting to initiate conversation and find out more about you. However, are we interested enough in what we can learn from each other, to stop asking “What do you do?” and start asking “Who are you? What is your story?”
Would it not be better to ask questions such as this, (in a timely fashion), as the conversation progresses, like:
- What brings you here?
- Where were you born?
- Where do you live now?
- What makes you smile?
- What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned so far?
- What is your deepest fear?
- What is your greatest dream for your life?
What questions do you ask? Are some more effective than others? What else could you add to this list?
Something to Ponder About.