Most conversations start with a question. Maybe it’s, “How are you?” or “What did you think of the sportsball game?” or, here in the Northwest, “Another wet one, huh?” If you want to learn more about someone, you might ask, “So, what do you do?”
Depending on whom you ask, you might get a conversation in response, but the odds aren’t good. Likely, you’ll have missed an opportunity to learn something cool about the other person.
Having a great question can help.1 Here are 155 to get you started:
- 100 questions to spark conversation & connection from Alexandra Franzen
- The 55 best questions to ask to break the ice and really get to know someone from Forbes
I like the first “hot” question in the Forbes list. Which one’s your favorite?
- Please be aware that results are not guaranteed to go the way you expect. I tried out my favorite question on my nephew at Thanksgiving, “So, what do you give a damn about?” His response: “The weather.” Haha! Time to follow up. “Why do you care so much about the weather?” ↩