I must apologize for my knee-jerk response before reading your piece fully. When I finished reading, I thought, “Hmmm…maybe I should go back and delete what I’ve written,” but then I also thought that maybe someone else wouldn’t get the focus of the piece and would also have the same initial response as me so I left it.
I should have also included a response after finishing because I did find your suggestions about other questions to ask people truly interesting and enlightening. I will incorporate them into my repertoire and see what happens.
I am an awkward, socially anxious person who doesn’t know how to communicate well in person. It was totally on display recently when I went out to coffee with my AirBnb host. She and I didn’t know anything about each other except what we put on our AirBnb profiles. I wish I had had your questions as a cheat sheet prior to our coffee date because I would have asked more questions about her than do what I think I normally do: talk too much about myself.
I’ve followed you for more insightful tips. Looking forward to reading more from you.