About this site
Hello, I'm Dwayne Melancon and I write here on a wide variety of topics that only have one thing in common: They appeal to my sense of genuine curiosity, and my love of learning about new things.
The content here tends to have a high bias towards gadgets, books (mostly business & personal development kinds of titles), travel, management, leadership, communication, and topics related to learning. But sometimes other things will show up here, as well.
This site is a personal outlet for my thoughts and, as such, my posts might be a bit farther apart when work is busy, but I generally update at least once a week.
Thank you for stopping by - I hope to see you often.
Why "Genuine Curiosity"?
The concept is this: when you're talking to people about stuff, rather than trying to connect the dots in your own mind (i.e. jump to conclusions or make assumptions), hold back a bit on that tendency and ask another open ended question. Simple, but it'll make a difference in what you learn, how open people are to you, and how much you connect with them.
For example, one of the things I practice is seeing how long I can talk with someone while only asking open-ended questions. Not in a juvenile "made you look" kind of way - just to see how much I can find out.
Some of the most useful questions I've learned for this are things like:
"Why'd you do that?"
"What was that like?"
"Why do you think they did that?"
"What's up with that?"
"So, what are you going to do?"
Give it a try. Ask them in an "I really want to know more" kind of way. If it feels awkward, keep trying. Personally, I find it easier in a work context, but I think it's more valuable in a personal context.
What I've found is that it starts as a novelty, but you'll end up actually becoming more curious and more interested in what people are all about. And that's not a bad thing.
Pursuant to 16 CFR Part 255, the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, please note: (1) publishers and product companies routinely send me free versions of their products to review. I sometimes keep and continue to use these products that I did not pay for after posting my review, which might be considered a form of compensation for my review, but I do not believe that I let that color my review. (2) When I post links to product pages on Amazon, my links include a referral code so that when products are purchased after clicking on the link, I sometimes receive a very small percentage of the sale. While the amount that I receive is small, it does help to defray some of the cost of running this site, and gives me a small vested interest in having readers of GenuineCuriosity.com purchase products using these links. Again I do not believe that I let that color my review of products.
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Also, please note that I tend not to do negative reviews - it's just not my style. If I evaluate a product and don't like it, I generally just don't write the review.
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