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Feb 22, 2024

Big Talk Essentials: 10 Questions to Forge Deeper Connections at Any Event

Beth Romer

As we embrace 2024, the emphasis on authentic interactions has never been more significant. 

We’ve seen a huge uptick in genuine content that feels and looks more real than the heavily manicured, picture-perfect images on social media that many of us grew accustomed to. 

And just as we’re seeing more authenticity in marketing, it's time we transcend beyond surface-level engagements and foster genuine connections when interacting with others. Remember, the key to authenticity is active listening — engaging with genuine interest and empathy.

But not all of us are super comfortable with digging into real topics and taking a conversation in a more authentic direction. So how can you add some tools to our belt that will help get you there? 

Here are ten thought-provoking questions to help you truly get to know someone, whether in a personal or professional setting: 

1.  What drives your passion? Dive into what motivates and excites them.

2. What's your life's goal? Understand their aspirations and dreams.

3. Which movie do you believe is the greatest of all time? Learn about their tastes and values.

4. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received? Let them share wisdom that has influenced their life.

5. If you could have dinner with any person, who would it be? Open up intriguing possibilities and preferences.

6. Which book transformed your life and why? Learn about the literature that has shaped their perspective.

7. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Follow up by enquiring about their routines, like journaling or meditating.

8. What are you definitely not? Explore their self-awareness and boundaries.

9. Are you team real or fake Christmas tree? A lighthearted question that can lead to discussions about traditions and preferences.

10. If you could enact one law, what would it be? Understand their vision for a better society.

These questions serve as gateways to meaningful dialogue, allowing you to move past the mundane and into the realm of significant connection. They're not just conversation starters — they’re pathways to understanding, empathy, and deeper relationships.

Join the Conversation

We invite you to bring these questions into your next social or professional gathering. Observe how they change the dynamics of your interactions. We're eager to hear about your experiences. Which questions sparked the most engaging conversations? Were there any responses that took you by surprise?

Share your stories and any additional questions you've found effective in the comments or on social media. 

Let's inspire one another with the power of deep, genuine connections, and make this year a turning point where we prioritize depth, understanding, and authenticity in our interactions. It's the real, unguarded moments that leave a lasting impact, reminding us of the profound power of human connection.

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