"How are you?"
How many times have you given a genuine answer to this question?
How many times you asked it just out of politeness instead of curiosity?
You would probably agree that rarely does this question lead to authentic answers or value generated for both sides.
How different would our interactions be if we changed the question?
To something that shows genuine care and leads to a valuable information exchange.
To something that comes from a real curious interest and leads to uncovering the real, authentic side of another person, creating a deeper connection in return.
To something that goes beyond one word response and sparks a conversation.
What are you excited about today?
What have you learnt recently?
What has been on your mind recently?
How have you been coping with the pandemic challenges.
The idea here is to open a new world of connection stretching beyond the surface giving others the space where they no longer have to pretend they are doing fine at all times.
What other questions would you ask?