© Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
Want to wake things up and create more engaging conversation? Today I was reminded of a talk I gave a few years ago, so I thought I'd write about it today. What I was talking about was the habitual greeting:
"How are you?"
So many times we ask or hear that question and it goes right by us. So, does the answer! That is simply meaningless and a waste of energy and relationships.
How could we create a more engaging start to a conversation? A start that shows genuine interest in the person AND the answer to your question. So, how about this one:
"What's the most exciting thing that happened to you in the last week?"
"What's really floating your boat or flipping your skirt these days?"
Don't you think that a new approach would shake things up a bit? When you upstage a habit, there is a wonderful moment of surprise. I invite you to try this tomorrow. I'll bet you will have better conversations that actually create meaningful interaction.
I'd love to hear your results. Come back and write a comment below.
Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
Catalyst for Communication & Collaboration
Solutions for Getting to the Heart of Communication, Conflict & Collaboration
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