How important IS curiosity to social media engagement?
The question above was recently asked by +Vincent Messina
and during the ensuing discussion I suggested that he write a blog post about it (link below) and wallah!
In his post, Vincent referenced TED Conference Creator +Richard Saul Wurman
who Vincent says "makes a very compelling presentation of why we are afraid to express our curiosity. I think we have all been in a situation where we have no clue, but are afraid to admit it. Or we are afraid to ask questions for clarity of a subject we think we are suppose to understand."
What really got me thinking after watching Mr. Wurman's video was that I do tend to ask questions that just "fill space" such as "How you doing?" "How you feeling?" "How's it going?" As he says, "these aren't really good questions" - and I believe he is right. They are too safe, too general and really do not allow us to connect on a deeper level. I am going to try to make it a practice to ask deeper, more specific questions moving forward. (Thank you Mr. Wurman!)
When it comes to conversations, social media and curiosity... Vincent says that if we work on becoming more curious and less afraid of being perceived as someone who doesn't have all the answers - by putting ourselves out there - we will make more meaningful connections with others. I believe he is right. I know for myself, I have shied away from certain people and conversations - +David Amerland
:) because I have often felt that it was "over my head" (ok, well it often is); however, I have recently been putting myself out there a little more and getting involved in the discussion rather than always playing in the "safe zone" where I am more likely to know the answers. By dipping into the unfamiliar, maybe I will learn something, make new connections and actually start asking some real questions.
Here are some of +Vincent Messina
's tips to unleash the power of your own curiosity:
►DON'T be afraid to publicly admit you don't understand something.
►Ask questions even when you think you should know, but you don't.
►If you are not curious by nature, don't fake it. Learn how to be a little more curious by learning how to ask good questions.
►Don't worry so much about being authentic. Worry more about being authentically curious.Are YOU asking the right questions or are you playing it safe? Do you sometimes feel afraid to speak up or ask for clarification? Do you have anything you would like to add to these tips? What can I ask to start a discussion with you about this topic?Vincent's Blog Post:http://www.otimollc.com/sales-and-marketing-blog/google-success-tip-unleash-your-natural-curiosityReferenced Video and Transcript by Mr. Wurman: http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/what-is-key-to-successImage Credit: http://anysnapshot.com/10-cute-cat-photography-royalty-free-photographs/ #socialmedia #curiosity #conversations