I’m not one for long, drawn-out email conversations, but some detail at the start is necessary to get an idea of friend personality. Questions form the basis of any new relationship. If you’re not asking questions, you’re telling people you’re not interested. You can ask the same old questions that everyone asks, like what do you do for a living, what do you like to do in your spare time or how has your luck been online, but these get stale. Sure, there’s a place for questions like that, but you may want to hold off for a while. Start off with something a little spicier – something a little more interesting.
Here’re some examples of questions that might sound a little unorthodox, but they still give valuable answers that will tell you about the person you’re chatting with and their personality while helping you stand out from the masses:
If you could choose a new room to add to your home, what would it be?
Who would you invite to a dinner party if it could be anyone from the past or present?
What exotic animal would you most like to keep as a pet?
Who would you pick for the opening acts and who would be the headliner if you could throw yourself a birthday concert?
What leisure activity would you miss the most if you were stranded on a deserted island?
If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
If you owned a restaurant, what would be your signature dish?
If you could appear as a guest on any TV show, which would you choose and why?
If you could give a minute long speech on live television about any subject, which would you choose?
Sometimes you can spice up questions just by the way you phrase them. When you’re sitting down to write your next email, keep this in mind. Write out everything you want to say and then go back and try and make it a little more interesting. You might just find that the extra work is all you need to catch the eye of that someone special!