How To Meet People: Be Playful

Play is one of the many ways that you can make connections with new people. Being playful is a fantastic ice-breaker and can allow organic conversations with strangers to unfold. Take it from Tony, who met over 550 strangers in one year.

So allow yourself to relax. Stop taking yourself so seriously and go meet some people. Your life will improve as a result in ways that you can’t possibly imagine.

In the below video from January 2019, Tony speaks about being playful as a method of meeting new people.



The second video below is from Day 261 of the Talk2MorePeople Project and was recorded on December 29th, 2016. Take a look at how Tony used play to get into a conversation with a stranger and even played mini-Ping-Pong on a train doing so.


Creating connections in Calgary, Canada, Tony Esteves is a play-based facilitator, keynote speaker and performer. He studied at the Second City Improv Training Centre, has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and has been performing with Le Cirque de la Nuit since 2014. He was a part of their 2016 TEDx performance, “The Creative Process.” In the circus, Tony dazzles, juggles and plays with audiences to create memorable experiences. 

He believes that people can move their lives and businesses forward by having more face-to-face conversations and therefore created the Talk2MorePeople Project. During this social experiment, Tony met at least one new stranger a day for an entire year, and through the people he met, transformed his life for the better. In total over 550 strangers came into his life that year. The Talk2MorePeople book will be released in 2020.

Many of Tony’s connections came from the 40 countries that he has travelled to or worked in. In his free time, you can find Tony scrambling or snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies, studying a language or playing mini-Ping-Pong.