Image via WikipediaWhat would you like to be doing if you weren’t doing what you are doing right now?
I love using this question at networking events and pulling it out before someone can ask me “So Steve what do you do?” The uniqueness of the order of words is always perfect for creating a temporary brain scramble on someone who is used to the same old boring way of networking. This question gives people a reason to pause and to really contemplate what you have just asked them and the answers you will get will simply amaze you.
For example here are some I recently received which gave me great insight and massive opportunities to stir some new connections in an entirely different (and much morefun) direction at a recent networking event (I had to attend).
Ted – Insurance Agent – Would rather be a gourmet cook with a little bistro in the South of France
Marianne – Army Recruiter – Would rather be a professional skydiving instructor and work only with kids from broken homes to teach them what is possible when they push themselves
Mark – Salesman – Would like to be a whitewater raft guide. He only feels at true peace when he is the mountains.
Suzanne – Stay-At-Home-Mom – Would rather travel the country (with kids in tow of course!) promoting a children’s book that teaches valuable lessons.
No matter who the question is asked of you will undoubtedly find that everyone can come up with something that person would rather be doing. And the details of what that something is can open up a world of possibilities and connection for you both. Give it a try this week and see what kinds of Ripples this powerful little question can create for your connections!