I am just returning from getting my daughter started on the next chapter in her life journey. She has moved overseas to attend Teachers College in Wales, UK. We had the chance to explore her new city together and to share in creating some of our own amazing memories. Shoes and Shampagne (shouldn’t they be spelt the same?)! Or choes and champagne? Either way, we didn’t find it difficult to connect with these integral parts of the culture there.
Creativity is not typically part of the conversation when discussing sales…and yet, it is a distinct differentiator. The most effective sales conversations happen when you leverage creativity.
Creativity is something that we all have an innate human need for. When we open up our minds to creativity, we are able to find solutions easier, maintain stronger relationships, be more collaborative, find greater excitement in work, think of innovative ideas, inspire others, build balance and so much more.
This summer I took on a challenge (opportunity) that was presented to me from my dear friend Kate. She said “do you want to go on a yoga/kayak/wilderness adventure?” Without much thought, I felt a “hell yes” stir inside of me and I followed my instincts. The description of the trip was for a beginner that had not kayaked, which neither of us had. We were both seeking a connection to nature and to experience new things in life…really to slow down our pace and enjoy life in a new way. We are both workaholics and have been focused on the “pause”, so this was the perfect chance to do that. We had no idea what we were truly in for.
If asking good questions is critical, why don’t most of us spend more of our time and energy on discovering and framing them? One reason may be that much of our culture and society in particular, focuses on having the “right answer” rather than discovering the right question.
What do you think engages and creates a lasting impression on someone that you have just met? Most people believe we connect with people by saying the right thing or providing them with new information. The compelling truth is that asking meaningful questions is far more impactful.