Ask Questions – The Secret of Conversation

Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp
Keynote Speaker and Executive Speech Coach, Patricia Fripp

I was a hairstylist for 24 years and as I said on 60 Minutes – and if you’re on 60 Minutes you’ll tell everybody – “I used to work on the outside of peoples’ heads, now I work on the inside, so there’s only half an inch difference.”

Patricia Fripp Hairstylist and Keynote Speaker on 60 Minutes
Patricia Fripp, Former Hairstylist and Professional Keynote Speaker Interviewed on 60 Minutes

When I was just starting out, I was naturally curious and I did something naturally that over the years I’ve turned into an art form. I was a 15-year-old shampoo girl working in this posh salon in England and we had all these rich, glamorous women as customers, and I used to ask questions. As soon as I got to know them, I’d say, “What were you doing when you were my age?” “How did you make your money?” “Did you make it yourself or did you marry it?” “If you made it yourself, how did you do it?” “If you married it, where did you meet him?” Good market research.

My brother Robert is always saying, “Sister, you ask people such personal questions.” Yet in 24 years behind a hairstyling chair and 25 years of going to conferences… (My careers did overlap a little in case you think I’m 100) …of asking questions, nobody has ever said, “That’s none of your damn business.”

People love talking about themselves. The key to connection is conversation. The secret of conversation is to ask questions. The quality of the information you receive depends on the quality of those questions. If we want to succeed, we have to get smarter everyday. Asking questions is the best way to get smarter.

Robert and Patricia Fripp
Patricia Fripp with Her Brother, Legendary Guitarist and Fellow Keynote Speaker, Robert Fripp

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Executive Speech Coach and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp works with individuals and companies who realize that powerful, persuasive presentation skills give them a competitive edge.