Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ripple Connection Question of the Week


My readership has just exploded over the last few weeks so I wanted to take this opportunity to quickly explain to those of you who are new to my BLOG what the Ripple Connection question is and how to use it.

I believe that every day we have people who come into our life for a defined purpose. I also believe that we as a society have lost our ability to reach out and connect. We are too myopic and often oblivious to the opportunities which are right in front of us. I also believe that those of us that want to connect with others are often afraid or unsure of exactly how to bridge a connection with someone. Whether that connection is with people we already know, but want to know better, or simply complete strangers who cross our path in life we may be lacking the tool or resource to start a conversation.

That is why I created the Ripple Connection Questions. These questions are an ideal way to get to know somebody and to hopefully find a common connection point which creates jump off points for future dialogue and increased connection. These questions aren't the maby pamby (one of my favorite sayings) b.s. kind that most people are accustomed to hearing. No! They are by design fun to ask, fun to answer and guaranteed to make the interaction memorable for you both.

So give it a try! What do you have to lose? Not a darn thing! Whether you want to get to know a co-worker better, develop more rapport with your boss or simply engage the complete stranger at Starbucks, the Ripple Connection Questions will get people talking. Most importantly....they will get you noticed and appreciated for being different from the rest of the herd.

Try it....You'll enjoy the experience, the answers and the connections. I promise!

So to this week's Ripple Connection Question:

What is the one question you would most like people to ask you when they first meet you?

Thanks to my friend Matt Homann with realBIGthinking.com for reminding me of this fun and engaging connection question!

Ripple On!!!


Steve Harper

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The question I would like them to ask me is:

Why do you smile so much?

That would bring us real connection that's for sure!

Susie

Anonymous said...

Hmmm I like that question Susie.

Mine would be:

What drives you to get out of bed every morning?

Trust me people would undoubtedly get to know me after asking me that question!

Crystal
Denver, CO

Anonymous said...

The question that I would like to be asked is "where are you from?"

I like to establish an immediate connection (or not) and I feel that this question means the person is genuinely interested in knowing more about me.

Valerie

Tisha! said...

People often refer to me smiling all the time Susie :)

I wish they would ask me "what are you thinking" they'll certainly freak out at first but eventually the shock will subside and they will start to comprehend me.

Too often they put emphasis on my physique and that's not what I am all about...I had nothing to do with that. However I have developed my mind.

Brilliant post and so enjoyed your visit to my blog!

Take care
Tisha

P.S. By the way author Meg Cabot has requested to be a guest blogger on my blog and I am blown away by what you have to say. Might you consider doing the same?

Anonymous said...

The question I would most like people to ask me is....

"Why do you look like the cat that ate the canary?"

Just discovered your BLOG and have tell you that I am absolutely enjoying the hell out of it. I haven't read your book yet but plan to order it. Your observations are not only spot on but have a level of real usefulness that is not often found on the blogosphere.

Keep Rippling Steve.

Philip Smith

Anonymous said...

What about life excites you?

Now that would be a great introductory question don't you think?

Thom Spartz
Santa Fe, NM

Jackal said...

How are you going to challenge yourself today?