Meet Liz and Bill. They stand around in New York all day, every day with a two-foot tall sign out on the sidewalk that says "Talk To Me", and then other people take it from there. On a daily basis, the scene is nearly nonstop with customers and conversationalists who bring up just about any topic one could imagine. They do this anywhere from 8 to 14 hours a day. They travel on foot from neighborhood-to-neighborhood across the five boroughs, camping out in the areas where they set up that day. In the winter, their territory included bars, clubs, coffee shops, subway stations and hotels in addition to the sidewalks.
I get chills just thinking about this. I must commend these great people for trying to make this world friendlier, and I urge...no, I DEMAND that everyone goes to their website and check out their brilliant front porch. Amazing.
LET ME ASK YA THIS...
What could you do to encourage conversation from strangers?
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Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
Monday, June 09, 2003