We live in a very dynamic and digital-orientated world. Most people would rather look at smartphones than at the face of the person sitting next to them. It’s easier to send a text, not having to move from your bed, than have a normal conversation with an actual human being. Even when we eventually decide to leave the safety of our homes and face the “real world”, technology is ever present and our phone is as essential to us as any of our limbs. Susanne Leiding not only came to these conclusions as well, but she actually decided to do something about it. She noticed how briefly we talk to people and when we do, we tend to ask the same questions over and over again, as if being a bit more creative would cost us too much effort.
Susanne, who normally works as an innovation manager at DKB bank, decided to challenge those standards and do a little experiment. While visiting her grandma, who has not yet been overpowered by our digital reality, Susanne noticed that she asked much more in-depth and interesting questions than what she was used to. She decided to write them down and bring them to her next social outing. It turned out to be a great success and everyone not only loved the idea, but actually looked up from their phones and took part in the conversation. That gave Susanne and her partner the inspiration to create Sondermoment, a set of cards with various questions which aim to open up meaningful conversations and bring people together.
We asked Susanne to play her own game and answer ten questions from Sondermoment for us:
What interesting fact should others know about you?
I like to improve myself in many areas of my life, so one day I decided to try meditation! I did a ten-day Vipassana course where I did ten hours of meditation a day. It was one of the most interesting but also exhausting things I have ever done in my life.
What is one of the best non-financial investments you have ever made?
Spending time with people. It’s important, especially nowadays, to invest in relationships, it helps you grow.
What have you always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?
Surfing! I’ve always wanted to do it, but I never managed to find time to try it.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I pushed myself to follow my passion and I managed to start Sondermoment. Actually, one of our customers messaged me to say that she and her boyfriend fell in love over the game and it really makes me proud that it has such an impact on others’ lives.
What gives you energy in your everyday life?
Sport! It helps me to refuel. I mostly do indoor cycling, it’s my favorite activity!
What skill would you like to acquire next? Why?
I would definitely like to learn how to speak Vietnamese. My boyfriend was born there so I would like to speak Vietnamese with him and his family.
What is one thing you consider luxury but still allow yourself to have?
When I go somewhere I always tend to rent an e-scooter. I should really calculate the costs as I think it would be better to buy it instead of renting it every day!
If you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what helps you get back on track?
Very long walks in nature.
Who or what inspired you most recently?
A book – Trillion Dollar Coach. I believe that in order to be successful nowadays, you have to see the human being behind the business and this book explains it very well, it’s really inspiring.
What experience or skill do you have that is more valuable than you expected it would be?
I don’t know if it counts as a skill, but I am very positive! I of course have my bad moments, but I always try to turn things around and remain optimistic.
There are currently two sets of the game available, for now, in German – one regular set and one for couples. You can buy Sondermoment cards here.
Tags: Digitalization, Empowerment, Entrepreneur, Founder, Germany, Insights, Inspiration, Rolemodel, Women