Embracing Curiosity: Discovering Your Superpower
Hello everyone! I recently had the pleasure of hosting an enlightening podcast episode with Karen Roy, an acclaimed author, leadership expert, and the creator of the online book course, Author FastTrack. Karen is also the founder of Karen Roy and Associates, a boutique retail consulting firm specializing in sales training, marketing, and operations. Our conversation revolved around the power of curiosity and how it can be a superpower in both personal and professional life.
The Power of Curiosity
Our conversation kicked off with a discussion on how distractions and the need for instant gratification can often hinder our natural curiosity. Karen and I agreed on the importance of asking questions and learning from others. We delved into the role of curiosity in sales and how it helps build relationships with customers. Karen shared her corporate world experiences, highlighting how curiosity helped her understand her clients’ businesses and problem-solve for them.
Curiosity and Purpose: A Connection
We then explored the connection between curiosity and purpose. We emphasized the importance of self-discovery and being true to oneself. Karen shared her personal journey of embracing curiosity and pursuing different interests. We concluded this section by discussing the value of curiosity in conversations and the need to be present and attentive. Karen made a profound statement that curiosity and fear cannot coexist, encouraging listeners to overcome their fears and embrace curiosity.
The Challenges and Triumphs of Entrepreneurship
Our conversation took a turn towards entrepreneurship as Karen shared the challenges she faced when starting her own business. She had to make a decision between staying as a consultant or becoming an employee. Karen emphasized the need for lifelong learning and how it keeps the mind fresh and aids in problem-solving.
The Art of Conversation
We also discussed the importance of asking the right questions and the art of engaging in a conversation. Karen mentioned that sometimes people may not initially react positively to curiosity, but with trust and articulating the purpose of the questions, they can open up. We also talked about the significance of validation and how it shows genuine interest in understanding others.
Breaking Through Indifference
I highlighted the current need for personal contact and engagement, especially in virtual settings, and how curiosity can help break through people’s indifference. Karen shared information about her business, the Book Coaching Academy, which offers an online course called Author FastTrack to help entrepreneurs write and publish their first book.
I encouraged viewers to check out Karen’s work, emphasizing that writing a book is not easy and getting help can make the process smoother. We ended our conversation with gratitude and a farewell.
In conclusion, our podcast episode was a deep dive into the power of curiosity and its role in personal and professional development. It was a reminder that curiosity is not just about asking questions, but about seeking to understand, learn, and grow. So, let’s embrace our curiosity and discover our superpowers!
John is the Amazon-bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.