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Weird Angle Reject 2

Weird Angle Reject 2
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Spikey hair in this picture.

We had a productivity speaker today the company brought in. It was interesting. He spent an hour meeting and talking to 30 people on stage he grabbed out of the audience. Both a massive waste of time and a powerful demonstration of utility and interest of asking five simple questions to everyone you meet.
    Questions (in order, actually):
  1. Where are you from originally?
  2. What brought you here? or Have you lived here all your life? (depends on answer to #1.
  3. Do you have a family?
  4. What do you do?
  5. What did you want to be when you grow up?

Simple right? But when was the last time you asked what someone wanted to be growing up? And when was the lat time you didn't start a conversation with "What do you do?"

You can learn a ton from someone with these. I think it's pretty awesome.

Also, the company is buying copies of "How to make friends and influence people" for all attendees. The speaker says he read the book every month for 5 years to really understand it and internalize it; he made it the cornerstone of his presentations and recommended that we, with any book really, take the time adn effort to really learn a book. Find one that we really like and that resonates with us and actually live it.

An interesting concept.

So... I guess you can say I rather enjoyed said seminar.
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assfingers From: assfingers Date: April 18th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
ithaca ny
dad's job
make snarky comments on the inner tubes
president of france
abmann From: abmann Date: April 18th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You would be an excellent French president. Yo may want to learn the language though. And maybe be born there.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: April 18th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
j'aime bien le bifteck
medeine From: medeine Date: April 18th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Chicago, IL
2. my grandfather had 40 acres and a cottage on Lake Delton up by the Dells that we came to every summer - I decided by the time I was 9 I was going to live in Wisconsin some day - 6 years ago we up and moved to the Madison area without jobs - one of the best damn life choices I've ever made!
3. yes, both biological and chosen, and constantly, hopefully, growing
4. try to live life fully...oh - you mean my "day" job, which is actually a night-shift job - 911 dispatcher
5. a physicist and/or a doctor and/or a marine biologist

And, actually, I love that book - I've re-read it multiple times. The concepts are so simple, but it's amazing how many people don't have a clue about things like "listen, don't speak" and "the other person is more interesting than YOU are". (My own interpretations of the sage advice in the book!) :D
abmann From: abmann Date: April 18th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think its telling how you answer 4. I would have answered something about photography rather than my day job but I don't consider my job who I am, but to the annoyance of some upper management.

Did you become any of those things in 5?
medeine From: medeine Date: April 18th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Telling how? I mean, I think I know what you mean, but I really can't know what you mean until you say what you mean. :D

You mean in general it's telling how someone answers #4? Or how I specifically answered? Or both?

Maybe I should add "philosopher" to #5!

And no...never did become any of the things in #5 - life brought me on a very different path, including my first child when I was 19 years old. I've been an EMT, and still read and am fascinated by articles and books on physics, mathematics, and marine biology, especially deep sea creatures.

If I had remembered to add "writer" to #5, I'd have to say "yes, I did" become one. But not in the stereotypical sense - I don't write much fiction, except for the occasional poem, but I've used my writing skills in my volunteer work and peace activism quite a bit.
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: April 18th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Question #1 always makes me squirm a little, because I don't have a clean-cut, straightforward answer. Manitoba, but I've never lived there. Raised between Germany and the States - Minnesota, Indiana. I usually just say Germany. Which makes people confused when I later refer to my mother, who lives in Indiana presently.

My job.

Yes. They're quite insane, they drive me crazy, some of them I picked out and others I didn't. We scatter the globe so I rarely get to see them. But they're my family and I love them.

I try to make the world a better place. I work for a non-profit that's just trying to improve the world a little bit at a time.

I wanted to change the world. (I wrote that on an assignment when I was 5.) I also wanted to be a translator.

Are you going to answer your own questions?
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