I think the Art of Asking Questions may be dying.
I say this because it seems to me that I am the last of the Interested Conversationalists.
This week, I have had numerous interactions with a variety of people and very few of them Ask ME about ‘me’. I love getting to know the person I’m chatting with, especially if it’s someone new. I love finding out about their passions and their plans and about their lives.
I met a wonderful woman, last weekend, who was passionate about Tupperware. After her demonstration and placing my order, I had a chance to ask her about her journey with Tupperware and about why she is so passionate about it. Interestingly, she had a Trainee Demonstrator with her, and at the end of our conversation the Trainee said that she felt even better about ‘signing up’ with Tupperware after hearing her Manager’s comments.
If I hadn’t asked, she wouldn’t have been inspired.
The week progressed from there with lots of interesting people happily sharing their news, happenings, passions, problems … but there was very little ‘asking’ in return.
I want to be asked about my passions. I want to be asked about my goals. I want to be asked, “how is the past life journey going, Michelle?” and “are you meeting your goals with your book editing?”
I want to be asked about WHY I’m passionate about Past Lives rather than just being asked “what’s my past life?”
I want to be asked interesting, thought-provoking, conversation-stimulating questions like “do you want to be cremated or buried?” and “what would it take for you to ….” and “how do you feel about …”
The art of conversation seems to be dying. Aren’t you interested in what I have to share or what I feel or what might have been happening in my world, today?