This week, at Harper Morgan English, we’re learning how to talk to strangers.
In this  wonderful TED Talk, Kio Stark explains how much we can gain from being open and starting conversations with people we don’t know. She explains research has found that more often interactions between strangers are more satisfying and effective than when we speak to our loved ones. This is because when speaking to a stranger we are more elaborate about what we mean and are more careful about giving sufficient detail. Kio goes on to give us some advice about how to start conversations with stranger.
Before you start talking to everyone on the street, here are some questions to think about;
First of all, do you often talk to strangers? Do you feel comfortable chatting to people you don’t know? Have you ever started a conversation with someone you didn’t know?
Kio also talks about how part of the reason we don’t talk to strangers is because we categories people and use these categories as a way to keep people at a distance. Do you agree with this? Is there ever a good reason to judge someone in this way?
At the end of her talk, Kio sets us a challenge; to talk to a stranger and disclose something about ourselves. She says that in almost all cases disclosure is rewarded with disclosure. So, have you ever told a stranger something personal? If no, would you? How do you think you would benefit from doing this? How would you feel if a stranger told you something personal? Would you feel compelled to tell them something about yourself?
We’re always interested in hearing from you. Go on, don’t be a stranger! Comment, share and join the conversation.
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