Questions That Lead to Impactful Conversations

post by Akash, kuhanj · 2022-03-24T17:25:23.842Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

Contents

  Context
  List of Questions
    Life Optimization Call Questions 
    Career/Impact Plan Questions
    General EA 1:1 Questions
    Conversation Prep Questions:
    Problem Solving/Debugging Questions
    Accountability Questions
    Obvious Man Questions 
    Emotional Intimacy Questions 
  Miscellaneous
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3 comments

Context

We often know the answers to questions that can help us dramatically improve our impact/productivity/happiness/health/etc. 

This became particularly salient to us after we learned techniques and saw how helpful they were. Examples include: 

We (Akash and Kuhan) also often ask questions to try to improve others’ impact/productivity/happiness/health, form close relationships, and produce valuable conversations. Questions can help us understand new concepts and paradigms, generate novel ideas and connections, notice our confusion and holes in our understanding, and make friends.

We wanted to compile a list of the best questions to ask in different scenarios - one-off questions, questions that should be asked regularly, both to ourselves and others, questions to make meetings better, and more. We’d be excited for readers to also suggest questions they’ve gotten mileage out of/have enjoyed asking and answering in the comments. 

The NYT published a list of questions that lead to love. Here's a list of questions that (often) lead to impactful conversations.

List of Questions

Life Optimization Call Questions 

*credit to Neel Nanda for bringing many of these questions to our attention

Career/Impact Plan Questions

General EA 1:1 Questions

Conversation Prep Questions:

Problem Solving/Debugging Questions

Accountability Questions

Obvious Man Questions 

*credit to Jake McKinnon for explaining the concept of Obvious Man. The man who follows you around all day, asking you obvious questions that dramatically improve your life.

Emotional Intimacy Questions 

*some are taken from this list

Miscellaneous

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comment by Jordan Arel · 2022-03-30T07:49:37.360Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

This was awesome!

Here’s a question I love. Peter Thiel's favorite interview question to job candidates:

“What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”

comment by ChanaMessinger · 2022-03-28T21:02:46.161Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Love these! My own questions to a slightly different but adjacent purpose here: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/dMNFCv7YpSXjsg8e6/how-to-raise-others-aspirations-in-17-easy-steps