Where do ideas comes from?
I can’t help thinking in the long-term that this is what will set us apart from robots & computers. Technology can compute information quicker than us. It will be able to perform tasks quicker & better than us.
But computers can’t originate ideas. Ideas come from the mystery of the human mind.
The mind isn’t a tree though, and ideas aren’t fruit that we can pick from it any time we like.
Sometimes we need a little inspiration to produce an idea. And on the course of thinking on a new line, we can stumble on an idea trail. If we follow it, that idea starts to take shape.
Creative people are talented at recognising these trails and knowing when to follow them.
Conversation is a great starting point to discover an idea trail.
A conversation is unpredictable, so it can take you to an unknown place. In this unknown place we have new thoughts, new ideas. And as we continue to explore these ideas through conversation, those ideas will bloom.
The less common the question, the more likely the conversation will go to new places.
Sometimes the way to find an answer is to ask the right question.
Unlock your mind. Conversation is a catalyst for discovering the unknown.
What should you talk about when you know a conversation is only going to be brief?
If you want to have a rewarding conversation with someone, never ask this question.
There is a reason we are social. It's to be known.
Last week, we discussed the importance of not interrupting others. But sometimes an interruption can actually enhance a conversation.
You hate being interrupted, but do you interrupt others?
Couples fall in love when they become interested in each other. But as you start to become less interesting to each other, what can be done to stop another interesting person jeapordizing the relationship?
What's your favorite band? What's your favorite book? People shoot down "favorite" questions because they haven't got an answer ready. But you don't need an answer to discuss these questions.
Disappointed by how you're answering questions? This is how conversation motivates you to change for the better.
When starting a conversation, we can jump to the most obvious question. Chances are, this person has heard this question a lot and is now bored by it.
It may surprise you that it's OK not to talk sometimes.