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Okay, you can call it being sensitive, but not everybody is open and ready to answer questions about their life when they’re getting to know new people. If you’ve ever met someone at a soiree, while networking, or even at your job, some questions are standard, while others for one reason or another can rub folks the wrong way. I’ve never had a problem with someone asking me about my profession, but I have a colleague who finds it extremely rude. I’ve got a friend who will ask you at the drop of a hat why your hair looks tore up (“Got a lot of new growth there”) but I can’t stand it. When trying to navigate what’s appropriate and what’s rude when coming around new people and even friends and family, when all else fails, just wait for a social cue to guide your conversation and the questions you ask. And oh yeah, tread lightly when you want to ask the following things…

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