I don’t do this as much as I’d like to, but sitting down with someone over lunch to ask them questions from their experience and unique perspective is a healthy exercise in personal growth.
In my youthful ignorance, I used to only meet with leaders to ask these questions, but have since learned that we all have something to say and share with others.
If you and I could have lunch together I would break out my notebook and pen and ask you the following:
John Maxwell is the creator of the content below. Here is a link.
- “What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in life?”
– By asking this question I seek your wisdom.
- “What is God teaching you right now?”
– This question gives me a window into your passion(s).
- “How has failure shaped your life?”
– This question gives me insight into your attitude.
- “Do you have any regrets?”
– Without fail this question invokes the response “Great question!”
- “Who do you know that I should?”
– This allows me to engage others connected to you and shows me whose opinion you value.
- “What books have changed your life and what are currently reading?”
– These questions help me with my own personal growth.
- “How can I be a blessing to you?”
– This question allows me to express my gratitude for blessing me with your time and insight. Most of the time people respond to this last question by saying, “You’ve already blessed me by asking me these great questions.”
Don’t feel like you need to ask all of the questions provided. Pick the ones you like the most and adapt as needed.
I’d love to hear any suggestions in the comments below!