Today I read Robin Dreeke’s (the former director of the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Program and expert in interpersonal relations) advice on engaging others in conversation.
She recommends asking people about challenges. The best question to ask, according to TIME’s article, will encourage people to process challenges. What challenges you at work? What challenges did you face this summer? What are your current parenting challenges? What challenges you in your neighborhood?
I like this question, and I’ve been trying it out on family members. Everyone has challenges, and allowing them to talk about these challenges creates meaningful conversation.
You can read the TIME article here: