Big Time Thursday: An Experience of Lifetimes at ACUC (Contest)
Travelling cross-country with your dog by VW bus and selling grilled cheese sandwiches made ‘with love’ may not sound like an ideal vacation to you. But, to Eric Saperston this evolved into his ‘coming of age’ journey. After graduating college he travelled the country calling up political leaders, celebrities, CEOs and average Joes and asked if he could take them out for coffee. A simple request from a man with no street cred; but the desire to learn about their values, struggles, and advice for future generations. As luck would have it, most people enjoy a good cup of coffee.
The video on Eric’s website gives a great idea of how his journey evolved into an experience of a lifetime. No, the experience of lifetimes – as each interview gives perspective to another person’s understanding life-view and allows us, as viewers to experience their realm of existence.
With Eric’s drive and optimism he has conducted ‘coffee talks’ with Jerry Garcia, The Fonz, President Jimmy Carter, and countless others who provide insight and question their purpose in life. With this enlightening experience, Eric has written, directed and starred in The Journey, a documentary which allows the viewer to experience in 93 minutes a voyage that took him 7 years to accomplish.
In learning about Eric’s interviewing style by watching clips from his talks, I found that he asks great questions. Over the years, I’ve learned that “if you don’t ask, you’ll never know,” which I’ve applied to many aspects of my life (Is this price negotiable? Can I have a cookie? ). However, there’s a difference between asking a question and asking a good question. Below is a list inspired by wikihow on how you can ask meaningful questions:
- Start simple: beginning with a simple concept will allow the question to evolve with discussion. Whether the question is broad or narrow, keep it simple.
- If you’re using questions to gather knowledge, define exactly what it is you want to know: Before you pose a question, it is important to have a concept of what is unclear about the information in your head; otherwise you risk creating confusion and not getting an answer that satisfies what you seek to know.
- Never ask a question in an aggressive manner: This indicates that you are only asking the question to prove to the other person that you are right and they are wrong, meaning that you are argumentative and not open-minded.
- Lay your concepts or ideas/assumptions at the door: to get a truly honest response, don’t prefix your question with your own connotations or opinions.
- Be gracious: the golden rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
CUNA is privileged to add ‘expert question-asker’ Eric Saperston to our fabulous list of keynote speakers at this year’s ACUC. He will delight attendees with first-hand stories of his journey and enlighten us to reach our full-potential. I can’t wait to be inspired by Eric, and if I’m lucky – maybe he’ll let me take him out for a cup of coffee!
BIG TIME Thursday CONTEST: A good answer always starts with a good question. We want to know: What questions have you asked yourself in your role at the credit union that has inspired you to improve as an organization, department or individual?
Answer this question in a comment below and we’ll do a random drawing on April 14th of all commenters to give away a DVD of Eric Saperston’s documentary The Journey and a $15 Starbucks Card, so you can be inspired to have a ‘coffee talk’ of your own.
UPDATE (04/14): This contest has ended – congratulations to our winner, Katherine Dyer. She won a copy of Eric Saperston’s documentary The Journey on DVD and a $15 Starbucks Card. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
CONTEST DETAILS: Contest begins today and ends on Wed., April 14th at 11:59PM (ct). No purchase necessary to win. Make sure you leave an email address where you can be contacted. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will also be announced on the blog. Multiple comments are allowed as long as you have a valid idea in each comment. (No duplicate comments) The odds of winning depend on the number of entrants received. Void where prohibited.
This competition is offered by Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and is open to anyone who comments on this post and is at least 18 years of age. Employees of CUNA and family members of such employees are not eligible to enter.
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