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  • Writer's pictureMaeve Ronan

Have Better Conversations with This Question

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Have you ever tried to have a conversation, and it just falls flat? It’s easy to blame the other person, but maybe you’re asking the wrong questions.

Here’s the best question to use for better conversations:

What inspired you to do that?

Rather than just saying “Oh that's cool,” help them expand their answer with a deeper question. When someone shares about their hobbies, courses, or job, ask them what inspired them to get into that.

They’ll usually give you a one-word answer when you ask what they do, and then you can swoop in and be curious how they became involved in that. They’ll tell you a story of how they got into that line of work or developed those passions.