How to Meet People While Physical Distancing

While out for a walk in the neighbourhood of Ramsey, Calgary a woman pulled up next to me and took out her phone to take a picture. It looked as if she was pointing it straight at me and I thought, “Oh. Am I in trouble for being out for going out for a walk during the pandemic?”

But in Calgary at this time, going out for a walk is totally fine as long as you practice physical distancing. She was pointing her phone/camera at me because, on the other side of me, about 1 metre away was a giant turkey that I had not yet seen! It was Turk, “The Ramsey Turkey.” The person in the car told me all about this local celebrity and we had a laugh together. He even has his own Facebook page called, “The Loyal Followers of the Ramsey Turkey.” This is a recent local news piece that was done on Turk. 

You can meet people while physical distancing. It’s just not as easy. Put some effort into saying hello to the person passing you at a distance on the sidewalk or across the street. You may be very pleasantly surprised to see how happy they are to hear from you. Stay safe, and at the same time, stay connected.

Tony Esteves has presented and performed for people on 5 continents. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he is a play-based workshop facilitator and performer. He facilitates communication and resiliency and improves team dynamics. He studied improv at the Second City Improv Training Centre, has a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree, and loves to bring people together. Tony has been performing with Le Cirque de la Nuit since 2014  and was a part of their 2016 TEDxYYC performance. He believes that people can best move their lives and careers forward by having more face-to-face conversations. (That is how he got into the circus). This is why he created the Talk2MorePeople Project.

During this social experiment, Tony meet at least one new stranger a day for an entire year and positively transformed his life. Now he teaches people how to do this through coaching, workshops and keynote presentations. The Talk2MorePeople book will be released in 2020. With a professional background in logistics and communication, Tony has presented at conferences in Canada, Italy, the USA and South Africa. Having lived and worked in 40 countries in a variety of unique jobs, including managing logistics for the US military in Uzbekistan, teaching in Japan and corporate sales in Ukraine, Audiences from Tony’s presentations leave entertained, educated, inspired and empowered.