The Survey: 10 Real Questions
In considering the survey questions I had a few key objectives. I wanted to go below the surface of traditional Name, State, Work…. chit chat. I wanted to ensure the interview questions would open the dialogue for additional questions. It was important to me that both my interviewee and I were forced to genuinely consider what was being said. Lastly, to effect change through communication, your reader must be challenged to deepen their own thoughts, therefore my ultimate goal is to emotionally connect my readers.
At the end of this project, I believe we will all come to the same conclusion; regardless of race, sex, religion, age, or financial status most of us look alike when approached from the inside, out.
- What is love?
- Where are you from?
- Are you married?
- Do you have children?
- What are you most proud of?
- What do you most regret?
- What is your #1 bucket list item?
- If you could re-live just one day, positive or negative, what would it be and why?
- What bothers you most about the human race?
- Do you know God?
What I found is that most people have stocked answers for the standard questions asked during new introductions. Where are you from? What do you do? Are you married? Do you have kids? Once these have been answered often the depth of the conversation is over. Ask someone about love, regret, hopes, and dreams, or God and you will very quickly discover that at the end of the conversation, the person you just met will feel a lot more like a friend than a stranger.
*Where you see blue comments in parenthesis, these are my inner private thoughts while conducting the interview.