Take Conversations Past “So, What’s New With You”

Big family and friend gatherings are often filled with a lot of small talk. It’s a lot easier to ask the most basic of questions so most of us end up asking the same default questions like “so, what’s new with you?”

Thanksgiving can also be a great time for reflection. Reflection about what we’re grateful for and a great time to connect with those we love at a more intimate level.

How can you take the conversation past the weather? For me it helps to think of some interesting questions ahead of time.

Here are some questions I’ll have in my back pocket:

  • What are two things you’re grateful for?
  • Who is a person you’ve met this year who’s had a big impact on you?
  • What’s one of your favorite holiday memories?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world for a month, where would you go and why?
  • What’s a habit you’ve building or changing?
  • What’s a book you’ve read and loved?

Asking a good question is just the beginning. We must also bring an inquisitive mind, genuine interest, and empathy in order to spark rich conversation. This then leads to deeper connections and helps us expand our worldview.

I’ve found that these questions aren’t just for adults. I’m always pleasantly surprised at the answers from the youngest family members.

What other questions help you inspire rich conversations?

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