Q1) Where are the people from that shop here?
Q2) How do you make money blogging?
Q3) How old is your dog?
These are FAQ’s of me have always been easy to answer.
A1) Around here.
A2) Promoting products like Vitamix.
A3) Between 2 and five years old.
But upon closer examination, those questions are not what I’m being asked. The real questions are much more selfish than what I heard.
Real Q1) Do people like me shop here?
Real Q2) Should I be worried about you paying rent or that you’re going to ask me for money?
Real Q3) Can I pet her?
The lesson? Answer the question they asked. It’s rude to jump to conclusions. But, don’t be afraid to take a stab at the real question being asked. At best, you make a deeper connection. At worse, it’s a lot more fun.