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Contest – Best Response to "How Are You Doing?"
by On March 13, 2008

Roger SeipRecently I had a discussion with some business leaders regarding our language and how it affects our state of mind and attitude. Specifically, we talked about the answer to the most common question in America, “How are you doing?” The typical response, “Fine. How are you?” doesn’t do much to boost our attitude or outlook on our day.

We started brainstorming alternative and positive answers such as:

“Terrific!” ~ “I am unbelievable” ~ “If I was doing any better I’d be twins” ~ “If I was doing any better, vitamins would be taking ME!” (my personal all time favorite)

Here is my challenge to you: I want to know YOUR best response to the questions “How are you doing?” Post your answers below. I will review all of the submission and choose the winners on Thursday, March 27, 2008.

Here are the prizes:
First Place – Freedom Personal Development hooded sweatshirt
Second Place – Freedom Personal Development water bottle
Third Place – Freedom Personal Development mouse pad

Winners will be contacted by email and the winning submissions will be posted on the blog March 27. Bonus points given if you actually start USING your response!

Be Free!

Roger Seip
VP of New Product Development

  1. Sean Lewis

    If I were any better, I’d have my own page on Wikipedia.
    If I were any better, Energizer would give me my own drum.
    If I were any better, I’d have my own flag.
    If I were any better, I’d be illegal.

  2. Mel Campbell

    The best one I have heard is from Dame Ramsey, the financial guy, who always responds with “I’m better than I deserve.” It is a humble response, which always makes me more grateful for how I am doing.

  3. Adam Jacobs

    If I were any better, Brad and Angelina would be adopting me!
    If I were any better, Jay Leno would be collecting me!
    If I were a drug, I’d be illegal!
    I’m so good, my feet are six inches off the ground!
    I’m so good, the next hybrid car will run on me!
    I’m better than sliced bread!
    I’m better than Barney Rubble at a shoe convention!
    I’m better than Joan Rivers at a plastic surgeon’s convention!
    I’m so good, motivational speakers just show a picture of me and then leave!

  4. James

    I’m fantastic, just ask anyone.
    Actually went to this site to see something besides the one I usually use. If I were any better, I’d be twins.
    Loved many of these responses. Thanks everyone for sharing.

  5. Jason Clark

    If I were any better you would want to kick me in the shin

    If I were any better you would want to strangle me

    If I were any better you would want to kick my ass

    Twice as good as some, twice as good as the rest

  6. Johnny

    You want to know more about the other person before you tell them anything about yourself. I am a 22 year old product brokerage owner, and I only want to help others succeed. Generally, 97% of people fail in their businesses because they focus on the point of teaching people. The solution: Ask questions. Find out what is being looked for.

    Hi, How are you doing?
    Depends on how you’re doing. (Compliment- Nice boots by the way.)

    -Johnny Truong
    Product Brokerage Company Owner
    Administrative Business Entrepreneur
    (240) 401- 7081(Voicemail) (E-mail)
    (301) 947- 4370(Fax) (Online Mall)

    P.O. Box 7504
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898 (Mail)

  7. Kathleen Ross

    I’m much better now that you’re here!

    I am blessed and highly favored!
    I am loved with The LOVE of an everlasting Saviour.
    I am too blessed to be depressed!
    …to infinity and beyond!

  8. Bryan

    For 5 years I’ve been using this one and had more smiles from it than from any other. It’s a conversation starter or at least makes people look up for a second or two.

    Hi, How are you doing?

    Another day in paradise.

  9. Ed Kloess

    I have 3 pat answers…

    1. Great, now that I know you are on the job (always gets a smile…).

    2. Physically and emotionally exhausted, but not complaining. (sometimes gets a smile).

    and the third is actually an answer to a variant of the question.
    “How do you feel”…

    3. with my hands

  10. Christina

    I’m broke but I’m happy, I’m poor but I’m kind
    I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah
    I’m high but I’m grounded, I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed
    I’m lost but I’m hopeful, baby
    What it all comes down to
    Is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine
    ‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
    And the other one is giving a high five

    I feel drunk but I’m sober, I’m young and I’m underpaid
    I’m tired but I’m working, yeah
    I care but I’m restless, I’m here but I’m really gone
    I’m wrong and I’m sorry baby

    What it all comes down to
    Is that everything is going to be quite alright
    ‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
    And the other one is flicking a cigarette

    What it all comes down to
    Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
    ‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
    And the other one is giving a peace sign

    I’m free but I’m focused, I’m green but I’m wise
    I’m hard but I’m friendly, baby
    I’m sad but I’m laughing, I’m brave but I’m chicken shit
    I’m sick but I’m pretty baby

    And what it all boils down to
    Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
    I’ve got one hand in my pocket
    And the other one is playing the piano

    And what it all comes down to, my friends, yeah
    Is that everything is just fine fine fine
    I’ve got one hand in my pocket
    And the other one is hailing a taxi cab. From “Hand in my pocket” … Alannis Morrisette

  11. Jeff

    Better than I deserve I have used for years. I never remember where I got it from but almost everyone comments, “I have never heard that before, really?”

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