“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.” – William Butler
Think about it – at one point in time everyone in our lives was a stranger – even our closest friend.
Whether we are trying to strike up a conversation at a networking event, meeting someone at a bar, or just talking to your barista, the art of talking to strangers comes alive every day.
On today’s episode, we aren’t just discussing how to talk to strangers, but why doing so can improve our lives and increase our happiness.
The Cheat SheetHow can we use the F-E-A-R acronym to help define the types of fear fueling our anxieties? 10:47 Fusion 11:11 Expectations 19:26 Avoidance 30:48 Remoteness 34:47What do Silicon Valley CEOs know about the influence of technology and connection? 13:17Why is talking to strangers essential to growing our personal and professional networks? 37:46How does talking to strangers bring out the best in us? 47:00Could simply saying hello be the most underrated icebreaker? 53:57
“Most people aren’t going to give you a no, they’re going to respond to a hello” – AJ Harbinger
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ResourcesAoC Episode 710 - The Art of Breaking the IceThe Happiness Trap by Dr. Russ Harris“Hello Stranger” by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton“How to Talk to Strangers” by Kio Stark“Why You Should Talk to Strangers” TedTalk by Kio StarkWhen Strangers Meet TedBook by Kio Stark
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