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7 Big Talk Questions you can ask instead of “How are you?”


“How are you” can be too vague of a question for people to feel like they can answer honestly. So, usually, the generic response is “Good, and you?”

Here are 7 alternative questions you can ask instead to skip the small talk. They may lead to more interesting and/or thoughtful answers!

  1. “How has life been treating you since I last saw you?”
  2. “What have you been enjoying lately?”
  3. “What’s on your mind these days?”
  4. “What’s the vibe today?”
  5. “How’s your heart today?”
  6. “What are you looking forward to?”
  7. “What do you want to talk about?”
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