23 Questions to Ask Instead Of "So, What Do You Do?"

Let’s invite people to tell their stories, not their resumes. Here are 23 alternative questions to "so, what do you do?" 


  1. What creative projects are you working on right now?
  2. If money were no object, how would you spend your time?
  3. What do you think the future looks like for you?
  4. Who was your childhood hero?
  5. Who is your modern-day hero?
  6. Who did you want to be when you grew up?
  7. What’s the best thing that happened to you this year?
  8. What’s the last photo you took? 
  9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
  10. What’s the nicest thing anyone has done for you?
  11. What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone?
  12. What are you most looking forward to?
  13. If you were in power for a day, how would you try and improve your country?
  14. How do you feel your life has worked out so far?
  15. What habit or improvement are you working on?
  16. What’s been playing on your mind lately? 
  17. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
  18. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?
  19. If you were on death row, what would be your last ever meal?
  20. What charitable or philanthropic cause are you passionate about?
  21. Who is your favourite author or recording artist?
  22. What’s the last film that truly made an impression on you?
  23. If you had to give a TED talk tomorrow, what would it be about?


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