Learn from the Research on Talking to Strangers

What does the research say?

I’ve got more anecdotal evidence than I have time to write about when it comes to the incredible benefits of meeting strangers. It’s changed my life. Here is an opportunity to learn from the research on talking to strangers.

I reference a number of studies in the Talk2MorePeople Book in particular by researcher, Dr. Gillian Sandstrom on talking to strangers. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.

I had the good fortune of participating in a study of hers in 2020 when she invited strangers to meet over Zoom. In this short Science Weekly podcast episode by the Guardian, she speaks about the findings from that study. It’s a really informative podcast and they used my voice in it very briefly as well.

A quick tip?

Use your curiosity to connect with people. Be courageous and dare to strike up a conversation with someone. The research proves that you are more likely to be liked than you expect.

Have a listen to this podcast to discover things that you didn’t know about the research on talking to strangers and the psychology behind it. Take a look at Dr. Sandstrom’s extensive work on this subject on her website. You never know, this might just make you a little more open to connecting with people who you don’t yet know. Go ahead, change your life!

Tony Esteves is an international facilitator, coach and circus performer who is passionate about creating human connection. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies, intentionally meets new people regularly and loves to play and improvise. Tony is based in Calgary, Canada. 

He is the author of the book, “Talk2MorePeople: Change Your Life by Meeting People” which is based on how he once met a stranger every day for a year. This book teaches the benefits of meeting people and how you can do it too.

He shares the mental health benefits of connecting with people in his workshops, presentations and one-on-one coaching.