Ever have the urge to talk to someone you don’t know, but find yourself unsure how to start the conversation?

You’re definitely not alone–it can be really hard! There’s never an actual guarantee how the conversation will go, but it turns out that talking to strangers actually has a lot of benefits for us, so we may as well give it a shot.

Thankfully, there are few videos down below that will help us get these interactions started…

Image: Man pretending to talk to a sculpture of an old man sitting on a bench reading the newspaper

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Every day, most of us have the chance to meet someone we don’t know, to have a new experience, to give acknowledgment of someone’s existence and to feel it in return, but are we really taking advantage of this opportunity? Or are the majority of us just trying to appear busy so no one interacts with us? And if so, what could we be missing out on?

Kio Stark, the author of When Strangers Meet, has some great techniques on how to get these conversations started. We see a few of them in action in the video below from The Atlantic!

The beauty of strangers is that there are no expectations–you can really talk about whatever you want, and then you (most likely) won’t see them again.

There’s an opportunity for anonymous connection; to feel deeply heard and actually seen by someone outside of your normal playlist of interactions. There’s an opportunity to learn that people don’t actually exist in the boxes that we put them in, that they could surprise us, and in turn, we could surprise ourselves.

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You won’t always like what you end up hearing from a stranger, but let’s face it, we don’t always like what we hear from our friends and family, and whose opinions do we care more about? Kio Stark discusses this thought and even more of the benefits that come with opening up a conversation with someone you don’t already know on the TED stage.

Via: TED  2

We may be missing a lot of great people!

There are a lot of people out there doing some really great things, but how will you meet them if you don’t talk to them? It all trickles down to what Stark says at the end of her talk:

“We spend a lot of time teaching our children about strangers. What would happen if we spent more time teaching ourselves? We could reject all the ideas that make us so suspicious of each other. We could make a space for change.”

What do you think?

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Keep yourself open to new possibilities!

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Notes:

  1. “Techniques for Talking to Strangers.” YouTube. The Atlantic, 26 Aug. 2016. Web. 14 Mar. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOBCJ_71Y4s>.
  2. “Why You Should Talk to Strangers | Kio Stark.” YouTube. TED, 23 Sept. 2016. Web. 14 Mar. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFpDK2KhAgw>.

Samantha Burns

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Samantha is a listener, creator, collector of knick knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.