I was part of a conversation thread in a professional group recently about great questions to ask in an interview. It got me thinking about the magic of these three words: “Tell Me More…” You can have all the questions in the world ready to go to ask someone, but sometimes it’s the layers behind the question that really gets to the heart of the matter.
Have you ever been chatting with someone casually…and the other person uses those three words on you: “Tell Me More…”. It can be like an unexpected gift that catches you off guard and a beautiful invitation into meaning. Personally, it means a great deal to receive this gift, and I’ve used these words in parenting, grief support, and in everyday conversations with friends. It works quite well in a Sacred Stories Legacy Film interview setting too. Our natural curiosity and genuine caring often inspire something special and unlock what is lurking beneath the surface for another person. It’s often the thing behind the thing being shared that is the real stuff of life.
It takes pause, practice, and patience to say to someone else: “tell me more about that”. I’d like to invite you to try it out this week with a child, spouse, co-worker, or friend…
and then listen.
PS – I’ll be tuning in next month to a new PBS series called “Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan”. Kelly Corrigan is a four-time New York Times best selling author. On the show, Corrigan will conduct candid conversations with influential leaders in their fields. The first episode will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Monday, October 5, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
Here are some interesting articles we’ve shared on our Facebook page recently that might interest you:
Try using 6-word memoirs to think about your day, the pandemic, and just about anything else. From Whitney: “I was recently part of a virtual gathering where folks were asked to share their past 20 years in 20 words or less. Fascinating exercise!”
This journaling app came out in 2016. For those who have have been wanting to journal or establish a consistent gratitude practice but are uncertain where to begin, here’s a simple app that allows you to respond to prompts and submit photos.
Looking for a good book? Check out our book recommendations & reviews here. Whitney is currently reading Lori Gottlieb’s memoir, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”. Gottlieb writes, “We are mirrors reflecting mirrors reflecting mirrors, showing one another what we can’t yet see.”