I have 10 questions for you

Great Understandably Live yesterday! Thanks to everyone who sat in. Here’s the video.

Folks, starting Monday, I will be taking my own advice—and the advice a lot of you have offered as well—by GOING ON VACATION!

Sorry for the ALL CAPS. I only added them in the third draft, but the truth is, I am excited. I know I really need this time away, and I hope you’re getting some kind of rest and relaxation, too.

(Besides, it’s a good opportunity to update my collection of embarrassing photos showing my ridiculous dad fashion sense.)

However, Understandably is not going dark. First off, I won’t be 100% offline. (Who does that? How do they do it? Inquiring minds want to know.).

Second, Kate and I are staggering time off, so she’ll be minding the store.

We’ll be doing a mix of original content plus revisiting some “greatest hits” from the earlier days of this newsletter (mostly before 95% of current subscribers had ever heard of Understandably).

As for anyone who winds up having a deja vu moment … let’s just say you’re among my favorite people on the planet. I’m forever grateful that you’ve been a loyal reader for so long!

Also—as always—7 other things, new each day. There are always 7 other things.

I’ll add a bit more context about what else is going on behind the scenes next week.

But for today, I want to try something we haven’t done in a long time, which is an open discussion thread. To get things going, here’s a list of 10 non-cringeworthy networking questions I’ve come up with over the years.

There are three big advantages I’ve found to these as I’ve used them. First, they’re all open-ended. Second, they’re not difficult to answer. And third, they produce interesting enough responses that you’re likely to listen to the answers.

Want to start a conversation with your fellow readers? Pick any of these, and answer them in the comments.

  1. If your industry didn't exist, what do you think you'd do for a living?

  2. Have you ever had a bad job? (Follow up: Did you learn anything useful from it?)

  3. What was your first apartment like?

  4. Have you had your 15 minutes of fame?

  5. What's your favorite children's book?

  6. You've just learned they're making a movie about your life, and you control the casting. Who should play you?

  7. What fashion trend should we bring back?

  8. What's the biggest change you've experienced in the last 10 years?

  9. What's the best thing you've read recently?

  10. What were you doing exactly one week ago?

(I came up with these a while back on Inc.com; you can check out my rationale for each in the original article if you like. But really, the point is to get your answers, not my further pontification.)

So please, pick a question, then answer it in the comments. I’ll be watching to see how many real conversations get sparked. Well, when I’m not taking an actual vacation, that is…

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