April 27, 2006
Liz published this at 5:07 am
How many times have you heard those two words?
What did they really mean?
To me they meant sit up straight; fold your hands; and be quiet. Look and listen?
I used to think life was all about paying attention. I don’t think that anymore.
Paying attention is passive. I don’t wait for things to come to me.
Are You Curious?
The world moves faster than waiting allows. If you want to know things, you have to do more than pay attention. Observing only provides half of the story. You have to get out there and find out things. That means you have to be active–get curious. Ask questions. Get interested in everything. Don’t leave an idea uncovered.
Pick a block of time today. Question everything you do. Use curious questions like these to build your business.
- Do I always do this task this way?
- Is this a habit or do I have a reason?
- Is there another way to do it?
- Do other people do it the same way? Get curious. Don’t just take your own word for it. Check it out.
We have this way of fooling ourselves into believing that everyone thinks as we do.
After you’ve gotten curious about how you do things, check out whether other people do things the same way as you. That’s the whole point, you see.
Curiosity As Influence
I need curiosity to know my customers, my readers. I’m lucky. I’m weird enough that people have made it clear that I’m not focus group material in any way — but my curiosity is influence. It changes how I think and how people see my business. Curiosity connects. It forges links. My curious questions establish my interests and seal my one-of-a-kind value.
Still, you’re one of a kind too. Things you do in your own way or in a way that’s different from many of your customers, deep curious questions you ask establish that. Sharing your curiosity adds value to a business.
As a customer, I value a brand that’s curious about what I like. It makes me curious about the people behind the brand. I want to get to know them and once that happens, I want to do business with them too.
How might you use curiosity to promote your brand?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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