I’ve been meeting a lot of people virtually (and in-person 👀) recently. And in every opportunity, I try to gain the most valuable nuggets in the shortest amount of time. After constant testing, I find these 2 questions lead to the highest results:
Let’s break that down.
1. What’s one thing you would tell your younger self that you feel would exponentially increase your growth
In the 1st question, I give them the opportunity to do some internal reflection to discover what their top skills are (startups, academics, blockchain etc.). From here, I can now deep dive into what areas I’m most interested in. At this point in the conversation, I can ask questions like “what are some resources you recommend to get started” and “what are some myths about the industry you’re in.”
2. Based from what you know of me, whose one person you think I’d connect well with?
The 2nd question, I often ask at the end of a conversation. This allows me to ultimately funnel for the right type of person. By asking them to refer me to one more interesting person, I’m always meeting more interesting and targeted friends as I go on more calls.
For those serious learners, I recommend writing these questions down on a sticky note and putting them on your laptop to remind yourself to ask these questions every time you meet someone new.