I often wonder when we meet people how many opportunities go undiscovered. Could there have been conversations that happened which did not? Would a few key questions open up worlds of discovery about a person and what they have done or are doing?
I like learning about people and what gets them excited.
I like understanding trends and new opportunities.
When you meet with new and old friends, imagine how much curiosity can not only open up conversations but also deepen relationships. You honor others when you are curious.
So, some questions that you can genuinely have in your next coffee or lunch with someone new:
What are you doing that excites you these days?
How did you start and get to where you are today?
If you had to start a new opportunity today at 25, what would it be?
What are some regrets you have had?
What kind of people do you like hanging with?
What have you learned in dealmaking?
Glean principles. Grow in knowledge. Be humble.
It’s simply amazing to get insights from someone who has experienced their life lessons and will take time to share it.