47. What are good questions to ask others?

Sometimes I am not the best at conversation. But asking a question is usually a good way to keep a conversation going.

Questions such as:

  • How are you, really?
  • How is your family doing?
  • How is your job/business/etc.?
  • I am thinking of taking up a new hobby. What do you like to do?
  • Do you have any new projects going on?
  • Can you recommend a book/movie/recipe?
  • I need advice about ______. Do you have an ideas?
  • Do you understand _______ that I’m having a hard time with?
  • What do you hope for?
  • What are you struggling with?
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Where have you lived? What has been your favorite place to live?
  • What is something you miss in your life? What is something you are grateful for?

And ask someone a question that you wished someone would ask you.

But listening and caring about the answers might be even more important than asking the initial question. Listen enough to ask a follow-up question about what they are saying.

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