Monday, December 01, 2008

Ripple Connection Question Of The Week

Ripple Connection Questions are a unique way to engage people in conversation. Whether with a complete stranger or someone you already know, but want to know better, using Ripple Connection Questions (RCQ) accelerate the dialogue and deepen the connection. The questions are by design, fun to ask and fun to answer, and can take your connection to an entirely new level. Come on, break out of that shell of yours and start Rippling.

This past weekend Zachary, my 9.999 year old (he turn's 10 tomorrow), and I were watching an interesting show on the History Channel about Benjamin Franklin and the technology he created. I was fascinated with how many modern day conveniences could be directly linked back to this amazing founding father. What was even more interesting was watching Zach take it all in and absorb it like a sponge.

After the program ended Zach turned to me and said, "Benjamin Franklin sure thought a lot didn't he? And what he didn't know he went out and tried to learn all that he could about something. He never gave up until he got an an answer to whatever question he was asking. I think that is so cool." Indeed.

It got me thinking about this week's Ripple Connection Question. How many of us think that just because we are out in the "real world" that we no longer have to learn new things. Oftentimes I ask that question at companies I am asked to speak at and I get answers like learning was for school or who has time to learn new things when there is work to be done. It's quite sad when you really think about it.

I myself equate learning to living. Though I don't have the insatiable appetite that Benjamin Franklin obviously had, I was inspired by the program and my son's enthusiasm to apply that same eagerness to learning to his life. I certainly hope it sticks - given the kind of kid he is I am sure it will.

But it did get me thinking about this week's Ripple Connection Question so with no further adieu:


I hope you will ask this question and watch the doors of connection open wide open when you do. Heck, don't forget to answer the question yourself and if inclined, post it here!

1 comment:

CJ Romberger said...

I'll be the first to comment. I'd like to learn how to play African drums in the next 12 months. I've loved them for a long time, then saw "The Visitor" last night.

Although I didn't like the ending (despite the fact that it's probably dead-on accurate), I loved the movie, and I've been thinking about the drums all night and this morning.

Looking forward to seeing what other people put here.