So I participated on a few @AppMeerkat sessions last night. Started the night in @questlove 's first meerkat, he showed us around his studio and introduced us to @StevenMandel the producer and engineer for @TheRoots @ElvisCostello and @FallonTonight. Then the night progressed to @rrhoover walking to the @ProductHunt office whilst we waited for stuff to happen. Nothing really did. Then I switched over to @DanielleMorrill where we all gazed across the bay at the skyline of SF.
It was all amazing.... BUT
There's one thing all these sessions had in common....they. were. all. ONE-SIDED. for the most part. I came to realization that it seems like the general #meerkat community has forgotten how to be human, how to engage. Myself included. We still struggling to ask questions to the people #meerkasting. Which in turn has cause an overpowering number of monologues and random thoughts, or streams to be cut off sooner than expected.
So i asked @DanielleMorrill, "Whats your favorite childhood memory?"
And something wonderful happen.
She read it and answered it. (My life is complete and I can die and happy man. just kidding, that's not the important part.) She talked about her yellow laborador, Benji. She really loves that dog. Benji is one lucky pup.
Then I asked, "What her favorite meerkat sesh was"
She said wrestling with her dog.
Then she said something profound, "we can't be fake around dogs..."
She was embracing her human spirit in that moment and it was brief and may have flown away in the winds of the internet, but I caught it and now I feel special to have shared that moment.
I find to be a bit strange. It's as if the entire human population using #meerkat has forgotten to have a conversation. The potential for deeper engagement HAS arrived, lets embrace it!
Have we come so far into the digital lurking world that we don't know how to have conversations?
So if you are worried about what other people might think, stop. You aren't that special, seriously. The world won't end if you mess up. Embrace the awkwardness that makes you, you!
If you can't think of what to say or want to only post awesome comments stop. you don't do that in real life or do you? If you are really struggling, come up with questions you've always wanted to ask a random stranger, or your favorite entrepenuer, or @garyvee or @jimmyfallon
Here's a list of questions to get your brain juices going again. Ask your favorite meerkater one of these today.
- Whats your favorite childhood memory?
- What do you feel most proud of?
- Do you have any pet peeves?
- What were you like as a kid?
- What do you hate the most about _____?
- What do you like the most about _____?
- What is you favorite place in the whole wide world? Why?
- If you could teleport to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
- Which teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?
- Whats the greatest thing you did today?
- What did you learn today?
- What are you reading right now?
- What feels like love to you?
- What are you the most afraid of?
So all these questions, open up people to be themselves, if they chose to. To be human. To be vulnerable and dare greatly as Brené Brown would say.
Don’t be fake. You wouldn’t around a yak would you?
Let me know how it goes. Lets bring back some humanity and quit your darn lurking. To lead by example, I will do an #AMA this week.
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Ok, Bai bai. ^_^