9 questions to ask to get to know people's story

We all have a story, sometimes it's easy to forget that everyone has one to tell.


We are used to hearing the stories of people who are famous, or have the largest following or are in the news or write biographies. ⁠

Because of this, we can lose sight of the fact that everyone has a story about where they came from and how they got to where they are, and within each of those stories is a lesson or something we can learn from, either about ourselves or the world we live in. Some people travel a path of wealth and privilege, while others struggle with only themselves to rely on, and both have great stories to tell. ⁠

From farmers to CEOs to homeless people to world travellers, there is no end to how much we can learn from each individual. ⁠

Here are 9 questions you can ask to get to know people's stories. ⁠


  1. What did you love to spend time doing as a kid that you don't do any more?

  2. If you were to be globally recognised for anything, what would you want it to be and why?

  3. What qualities do you value most in people and why?

  4. If you could live in any time past, present or future, when would you choose and why?

  5. How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?

  6. Did you enjoy school as you were growing up? What kind of student were you?

  7. What lessons has your work life taught you?

  8. If you had total freedom from time, money, or other circumstances, how would you spend your time?

  9. Who has been the biggest influence on your life and why?