30 Powerful Getting To Know You Questions

Getting to Know You Questions

Can you remember back when you were a small child, even before you started school? Do you remember all of the questions you asked of the adults around you?

Why does the moon have a face? Why is the grass green? Does ice cream taste the same to you as it does to me?
You were a question-asking machine, full of curiosity and wonder about the people and world around you.

Humans, especially children, are quite unique in their insatiable quest for knowledge and understanding. No other animal spends as much time or energy seeking answers simply for the sake of knowledge.

But somewhere around the time we begin formal education, our questions tend to drop off. We learn that giving the right answers is more important than asking the right questions.

Over the last ten or so years, the internet has given us immediate access to answers, so many of the questions that once set our minds on fire with curiosity are answered at the click of a button. Finding answers has become mundane.

Perhaps our childhood curiosity has been tamed by institutional beliefs and societal expectations. Maybe it's been tempered by the instantaneous access to information online. But there's one vast area of human curiosity that can't be satisfied through research or education alone -- our curiosity about the people around us.

Yes you can find out information about people through social media or a quick Google search. You can read extensive biographies about famous people. But the only way to really get to know someone is by sitting down and talking with them -- and not just talking, but asking questions to draw out the individuality and uniqueness of the person.

I have always been curious about people and have been a question-asker since I was a child. It wasn't until I went back to school to become a personal coach that I learned how powerful the right questions can be.

Asking good questions to get to know someone not only allows you to learn more about the other person, but also it allows the other person to explore themselves and articulate a deeper level of self-awareness. The right questions built trust, intimacy, and understanding between two people.

If you'd like to reignite your curiosity about people, here are 30 getting to know you questions to ask: (more…)