It was a simple idea then and it's a simple idea now. Over ten years ago I decided to start asking people one question they don't usually get asked. This simple idea has led to hundreds of interviews, a dinner series, and a personal mission to make the world a more curious place. Nothing has impacted my life and work more than working on this. Listen to ask on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Spotify. Some past guests include Simon Sinek, Gary Vaynerchuk, Steve Huffman, Chase Jarvis, Amanda Bradford, Jason Fried, Michelle Broderick, Grant Imahara, Ryan Carson, Brad Feld, Lewis Howes, Robert Stephens, and many more.Check out ask
If we can make the world more curious, could everything be better?
I get asked to give speeches quite a bit. A long time ago I realized I don’t really enjoy giving them. Mostly because I hate talking at people when I don’t know what they really are curious about.
What I do love is having a conversation. A two-way back and forth. Start with questions. What do you really need help with? What would be the most impactful thing for you to leave with today? I've found that this leads to the stories that actually can change lives.
Over the last few years, I’ve really enjoyed this format and I think it delivers a ton more value than giving a “speech.” It can be a 1-1 fireside chat format or a Q&A with an entire group. I’ve had conversations with groups of 5 people, 70 people, or an audience of 10,000.
Here’s some feedback from people and links to
some of my past conversations:
"Generous. Authentic. Passionate. Shane is adept at walking that fine line of inspiring and accessible. He's down-to-earth, listens and really considers people's questions with the aim of helping others learn from his own lessons. That journey he's been on is one people readily recognize, no matter where they are themselves. This is a leader who is both curious and humble, who keeps challenging himself on what the leadership role needs to be. The answer? It's less about being the hero and a lot more about giving people the space, environment, and opportunity to become heroes in their own right. I highly recommend a conversation with Shane Mac."
Kate Carmichael - Leadership Specialist at This is Remarkable
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"What I liked about Shane’s conversation with my entire sales organization was the information he shared was authentic and fluid. Yes, a framework existed for the dialogue, but the flow went in any direction based on the curious nature of my team. Hands down, the best format for going deep and wide on topics. And a side note, the team has seen many speeches, but I have never seen them more engaged than with Shane’s conversation."
- John McKinney - President at Alfred Williams & Company
I wrote the business book "Stop with the BS" Buy it on Amazon
"Stop with the BS is a compilation of small, tactical strategies and advice that will make you think differently about the way business and careers work. You only have so much time to do what you want to get done, so make sure to focus on what is most important to you."
- Tony Hsieh, NY Times bestselling author of "Delivering Happiness" and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
"Shane has some stuff figured out that lots of people never get. What he wrote on this train ride, you'll be thinking about for much longer."
- Julien Smith, NYT Best-selling Author of Trust Agents
For fun I love to play & listen to music. I was a mediocre wedding singer in college. I created the world's first live mashup show with wait what, the producer and DJ behind the Notorious XX. That debut album garnered 1M+ plays in 10 days and critical acclaim from New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Guardian UK, who dubbed it "the best mashup album of the year." Watch on Youtube
Inspired by Patrick Collison, these are some questions that I find interesting.
Want To Know What Your Brain Does When It Hears a Question?
Questions hijack the brain. The moment you hear one, you literally can’t think of anything else. And that can be a powerful tool. Behavioral scientists have also found that just asking people about their future decisions significantly influences those decisions, a phenomenon known as the “mere measurement effect.” Back in 1993, social scientists Vicki Morwitz, Eric Johnson, and David Schmittlein with more than 40,000 participants that revealed that simply asking someone if people were going to purchase a new car within six months increased their purchase rates by 35%.