Best Quora Answers of All Time
The Internet is both a treasure trove of useful information and a bottomless time-sink. Now that I think about it, so is Quora.
If you’ve never heard of it, Quora is the popular question-and-answer site that was founded in 2009. It allows users to pose questions that others will answer.
So, what’s so special about it? Well, the Internet is full of users from all walks of life and Quora attracts them all! Silly questions can receive silly answers, serious questions often receive insightful responses, and sometimes, even a celebrity or two will chime in with their thoughts.
Today, we’re going to feature some of the greatest Quora answers of all time, spanning a wide range of topics and seriousness.
What Does One’s Coffee Order Say About Them?
One particularly interesting Quora answer arose from a simple question: “What insights do baristas get into customers based on their coffee orders?”
The answer came from Alecia Li Morgan, a former Starbucks partner. Morgan said that difficult orders and frequent complaints are signs that the customer is going through a rough patch. She was shocked by the variety of orders and their complicated justifications. Some just wanted to know the lingo, others wanted to keep their sugar-heavy ingredient list off the cup, and a few just wanted to move on.
The trick, according to Morgan, was to treat every customer — and coffee — as unique as the person ordering it.
How Far is Too Far?
The Quora question “How far have you gone to show someone you’re attracted to them?” elicited a ton of interesting responses. But Cyndi Perlman Fink’s response certainly takes the cake.
Dating back when Cyndi was younger was, to say the least, different. Women were expected to wait for the men to act. Well, Cyndi, rulebreaker that she is, wasn’t about to leave this one up to fate.
Cyndi met a man named Steve, and their first date featured a legendary home-cooked meal. Once they were done, Steve said, “Give me a call when you’re in town next.” You see, Steve lived in San Francisco while Cyndi called LA home.
Two days later, Cyndi boarded a San Fran bound plane, called Steve up and said, “I’m in town!” The rest is history.
The Art of Negotiation
We all find ourselves in negotiations at some point in our lives. Raises, marital disputes, car shopping, you name it. I’d imagine that the Internet waited with bated breath for an answer to the Quora question, “What are the basics of the art of negotiation?”
Thankfully, author, entrepreneur, and angel investor David S. Rose chimed in with his thoughts. Rose’s answer was concise and simple. Six points, really. Understand the market, understand your options, understand the other side’s options, decide on your walk-away outcome, decide on your ideal outcome, and negotiate with integrity.
As a bonus, Rose notes that the critical aspect of negotiation is deciding on your walk-away outcome. Once you figure that out, the rest is easy.
Returning to Earth
One of the most interesting aspects of Quora is the site’s ability to draw in experts of the highest quality. And, in the case of this next answer, it doesn’t get much higher than a former astronaut!
When someone asked, “What is it like to live on Earth after living in space?”, former NASA spaceman Garrett Reisman shared his thoughts. In his answer, Reisman describes the fascinating physical adjustments that your body undergoes when re-adapting to life on Earth. Plus, the food on Earth is much, much better.
How Does a Venue Change a Performance?
Music fans love hearing behind-the-scenes details from the mouths of accomplished performers. I know I do. As far as accomplishments go, very few people can stand toe to tow with Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael Bublé.
The question: “How does a performance change when going from a small venue to a much larger venue?” According to Bublé, the key to a successful show is two-fold. First, it’s about making a personal connection with each audience member. The second is creating an atmosphere that compliments the tone of each song.
In a larger venue, Bublé accomplishes these goals by adding a second smaller stage at the other end of the venue. He also likes to walk through the audience to “shake hands and kiss babies”.
Efficient Designs for a Tiny Home
You know, it’s hard out there for a millennial. Most of us do our best to make do with less. Less money, less stability, and, of course, less square footage.
The Quora question, “What are some efficient designs for a tiny home?” gained quite a bit of traction back in 2016. And that buzz was largely due to Jordan Phoenix’s ingeniously efficient, 126-square-feet living space design.
Somehow Phoenix was able to cram a bed, office, kitchen, living room, shower, and even a chaise lounger into what amounts to little more than a shoebox. Remarkable.
What is Intelligence?
Here’s a question that may sound simple but can certainly get more complicated the more you think about it. The question: “What exactly is intelligence according to you?”
Intelligence, according to Keinosuke Johan Miyananga, is both simple and elaborate. The simple answer: intelligence is knowing how to get what you want when you want it. But, to make things more complicated, Keinosuke explains that the philosophical basis for intelligence is intent. He goes onto explain the nature of intent and how intent is the key to all human knowledge.
How to Impress a Girl
Have our philosophical meanderings bored you into submission? Here’s a palate cleanser.
When a Quora user asked, “What is the best way to impress a girl?”, Leonard Kim shared a personal story about the time he wooed a supermodel at a bar in Downtown Los Angeles.
Kim, the self-described “broke guy who worked an entry level job”, was wowed by a runway model at a fashion show he was attending. Much to his surprise, he bumped into her at a nearby bar after the show. She was waiting in a long line for drinks, so Kim took action. Not only did his master plan impress her, but the two are still friends to this very day.
The Finer Points of Wine
Wine is delicious. But, as any prospective sommelier quickly finds out, wine can be complicated. Thankfully, a do-gooding Quora user asked, “What are the 10 most important things to know about wine?” Certified sommelier Madeline Puckette answered the call.
The answer is extensive. It also includes important topics like:
- How to ask for the wine you like;
- A breakdown of the most popular wine regions, and;
- How to look like a badass when you drink socially.
It’s an absolute must-read.
Good Advice for College Students
College can be a trying time. The people, the subjects, heck… even the cities are sometimes completely new and unknown. Thankfully, Nathan Ketsdever took the wheel and answered the ever-important question, “What is some good general advice for college students?”
The answer includes 23 points, so we won’t be able to go into them all here. Some standouts though, include Ketsdever’s recommendation that you live on campus for a year, reward yourself for completing assignments with off-campus meals, get involved in groups that interest you, and try to make at least a weekly visit to the gym. Wise words indeed.
Why Are You Here?
This one may be a bit meta, but it’s an interesting question and an even more interesting answer. First, the question, “Why do people answer questions on Quora?” The great answer came from a computer engineer, lawyer, and startup founder Gil Silberman.
Silberman goes onto eloquently explain the satisfaction of “casually establishing an asynchronous relationship with a bunch of involved, smart people.” He believes that “Quora time” is time well spent.
If you can’t already tell, we wholeheartedly agree.