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Curiosity for Stories (GWTW223)

There’s nothing quite like the experience of reading something and having it pique your curiosity. The other morning, I was reading The Book of Beautiful Questions and the phrase “curiosity for stories” jumped off the page and embedded itself in my brain. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m going to explore what it means to have “curiosity for stories” and share four ways to build your capacity for curiosity-driven storytelling.

Chris Colin, co-author of What to Talk About: “Curiosity has to be at the heart of your heart when you talk to someone. The kind of curiosity that works best is a curiosity for stories.”

4 ways to build a curiosity for stories when talking to someone:

  1. Use questions to search for a specific purpose, such as meaning or a sense of belonging.
  2. Tailor your sequence of questions after the traditional story structure: beginning (introduction), middle (conflict), end (resolution).
  3. Pay attention to the energy, emotion, and body language between yourself and the person you’re talking to. These clues will let you know whether you need to back off, go deeper, or wrap it up.
  4. Listen, don’t judge, and follow-up for clarity when needed.

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