If you've ever met someone new before, you know how easy it is to assume how a first conversation will go. We take in details like clothing, looks, body language, even a first name and somehow find ourselves building up an idea of someone we haven't gotten to know yet.
It's these assumptions that Hollywood producer, filmmaker and author Brian Grazer says we need to fight in order to have more interesting, meaningful and "curious" conversations. Above, he shares the instances in everyday life when even the most open-minded person can have their perspective narrowed just by going about their day-to-day routine. In order to cultivate more meaningful relationships in our lives, we have to start with more genuine and curious conversations. Watch above for his advice to break the habit of making assumptions before getting to speak with a new acquaintance.
Brian Grazer is an Academy Award-winning producer and
New York Times bestselling author of A Curious Mind. He has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Oscars and 158 Emmys. In 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar for
A Beautiful Mind.
Other film credits include
Get On Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American Gangster, The Da Vinci Code, 8 Mile, Apollo 13, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Liar Liar, Backdraft, and
Grazer credits his success to his lifelong curiosity, courage and willingness to have conversations with total strangers. In his book,
A Curious Mind, he explores the power behind everyday conversations and how we can use our curiosity to live a bigger and better life.