Have you ever said, “I don’t have the time.”

This has been a challenge for many people. But as we are all currently in some form of isolation due to the pandemic, there no events to go to. I have a great deal more time to myself. In this time, I have been able to progress further on my greatest passion project – the Talk2MorePeople book. I am at the stage of re-organizing the full manuscript on the advice of my editor and I’m quite excited about the new format. It takes a lot of time to do this and I’m grateful that I have it now.

Other colleagues and artists are also working on creative projects at this time, and I’ve heard stories of parents playing with their children much more.

I anticipate with curiosity what new art will come from this unique pause in human history. What creative projects are you working on with this unexpected time?

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.

There is a great deal of never-been-heard before news available today as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. I noticed myself getting overwhelmed and anxious after being ultra-plugged into the news when things kicked off in North America around March 10th.

I want to offer that it is essential of course to remain informed as things are changing rapidly, but that we don’t need to stay glued to the news. It can be tempting to do so, but it may not be healthy. I recommend at this time a low media diet. Choose not to consume more than 30 minutes of news a day from reputable sources.

Doing so has helped me considerably as the case numbers continue to climb in Canada. I still know what is going on, yet I can focus on my work and other projects throughout the day.

Have a watch of the short VIDEO below. For positive news stories, visit https://www.optimistdaily.com

Do take excellent care of yourself and those around you at this time.


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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.

Do you know what opportunities you miss when you are too busy? According to this ARTICLE below are the costs of being so busy.

THE COST OF BEING SO BUSY

1. You’re less productive

2. You’re less creative and innovative

3. It has a negative effect on your mood

4. YOU MISS YOUR LIFE

5. You confuse being busy with being stressful

I get it. I’m a busy person too. But recently when I had a very busy day I had the opportunity to meet a friend of a friend. Even though I was busy, I chose to meet him. It was completely worth my time. This speaks to point #4 above. I don’t want to miss my life.

In the hour and a half that Kenton and I met, we enjoyed a vibrant conversation and learned about one another. He shared some information with me about the work he does teaching permaculture and about tiny homes. I shared about the work I do teaching communication skills and leading play-based workshops. We will be in contact again in the future. 

 

Sure, it was a busy day, AND it was improved by making this new connection. Take a moment to think about what you are missing out on because you are too busy. This short video is about having met Kenton. Check out his work at https://kentonzerbin.com.

Make time to allow new people into your life. It can transform you for the better.

Great things happen when you Talk2MorePeople. Free tips on how to meet people are available here: http://eepurl.com/gNB7ob.
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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.

When you meet new people, you are given an opportunity to have an information exchange. That is one of the many gifts that are available to you if you reach out to talk to someone whom you’ve never met before. On this day, I met Em and he learned about networking workshops that I host. There is a free Play2MeetPeople networking event coming up this February 19th and he is welcome to attend if he likes. The four of us had an enjoyable conversation and we all learned new ideas.

Research by Social Psychologist Gillian Sandstrom shows,

“people systematically underestimated how much their conversation partners liked them and enjoyed their company, an illusion we call the liking gap.”

So there is good news. When you approach a stranger, they are more likely to think favourably of you than you are of yourself after the interaction. Keep that in mind when you have the opportunity to reach out to another person face-to-face.

When you talk to someone you don’t know, you can experience an information exchange and it’s worth the effort. Conversations change lives.

Great things happen when you Talk2MorePeople. Free tips on how to meet people are available here: http://eepurl.com/gNB7ob.
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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.

Listen Up

I overheard John speaking to another writer at the Maclab cafe at the Banff Centre for Creativity. There is a writing retreat on now and they are both participants. I am on my own private writing retreat in Banff while cat-sitting and decided yesterday to do some writing at the Banff Centre. I approached John and said, “Excuse me. May I ask you a quick question?” He said, “Yes”. “Are you here on the writers retreat?” Again, he replied, “Yes.” This led us into a conversation where he told me about an authors’ event. It was open to the public and happening that night, so I attended. It was great.

A Sequence of Events

The event itself was great, but the insight that I had while there was fantastic. I met award-winning author Anakana Schofield and heard readings from other talented authors. What a privilege. The insight I came to was that I must include more of my circus story into my book. So I will, and I am excited. This is real-world evidence of how a conversation with a stranger can improve your work or your life. So get out there and meet someone!

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 how to meet people 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, he has worked in a variety of unique jobs. These include 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.

Did you know that learning can be fun?

The below video is from a recent event called, Play2MeetPeople Networking. This is a series of community events to bring adults together to play and then network. The next event will be on February 19th, 2020.

Play is not only an enjoyable way to learn, but also assists in making the learning more memorable. Participants remember more about the way you make them feel during a learning experience, than what you said.

So why not give your team a memorable learning experience? Go ahead, bring in the juggler.

 

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 teaches people how to make face-to-face connections and will be released in 2020. The online “How to Meet People Masterclass” is available now HERE.

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. 

Like learning anything else, you can learn how to meet people. It is such an important skill to have today that it is worth developing. But can it be fun? Yes. It can.

Congratulations Graduates!

On Monday, December 16th, Mohamed, Cyrus, Shyla and Sean graduated the Talk2MorePeople Live coaching program. Monday evenings for 5 weeks, we met to practice the skill of meeting people. Through role-playing and actually interacting with the public, everyone got plenty of practice and improved their communication skills. We had fun learning about each other as we explored how to make new connections with people. Just because meeting people is serious business, it doesn’t mean you need to take it too seriously.

You can do this too.

Learning how to meet people can be fun. Reading about this subject is important but the best way to learn is to get coached through it. Reach out to Tony if you would like to learn about upcoming in-person coaching programs. tonyatTalk2MorePeople.com

Are you ready to learn?

If you would like some free tips on how to meet people, attend the next free Play2MeetPeople networking event in Calgary on January 7th, 2020. There you will have fun, and meet strangers and learn a few things about how people connect in person today. There might even be a birthday cake…

The below video explains the activity that we will be doing on that day. Register today with the link above to join us.

Creating connections in Calgary, Canada, Tony Esteves is a play-based workshop facilitator, performer and coach. He studied at the Second City Improv Training Centre and has been performing with Le Cirque de la Nuit since 2014. He was a part of their 2016 TEDx performance, “The Creative Process.”

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 his life transformed for the better. Tony created Play2MeetPeople Networking events for people to have fun and meet strangers. The Talk2MorePeople Book will get released in 2020. Visit Talk2MorePeople.com/tools for free tips on how to meet people.

Is connection still relevant today? Does it matter if we have deep discussions with people from time to time? After all, everybody is so busy. Who has time to build connections these days?

Last Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending a Living Room Series event in Calgary, and it was a meaningful discussion. It was very much worth the time. 

“The Living Room Series is inspired by 18th-century French salons, where a cross-section of society would gather to discuss ideas and share their passion for the arts.” 

Such events have been happening in Calgary since 2017 and have also taken place in Vancouver and across Asia. Last week, the topic was F.O.M.O. – The fear of missing out. We talked about what that means to each of us and discussed the subject in detail.

At one point, this question came up, “Why do I focus so much on what I still need to do in terms of personal or professional growth, but not on my accomplishments?” What came to me was, “That’s because the rearview mirror is so small compared to the front windshield. We can’t help but be overwhelmed by what’s ahead at times, and it can be difficult to remember where we came from.”

I am sure there are songs that use this metaphor. It seemed fitting because the front view is so much broader than the rearview. There are so many places to look, and choices to make. When you look in the rearview mirror, it’s more static. It is history, after all. While I don’t think we should spend most of our time looking at our past, I do believe that we can benefit from taking the time to recognize what we accomplished there. 

How to acknowledge accomplishments

  1. Slow down. When living a busy life, it can be easy to forget time for reflection. Even taking deep breaths throughout the day can help. 
  2. Create a morning or mindfulness practice to express gratitude and to reflect on your life experience. Use a pen and a notebook for this. 
  3. Celebrate your accomplishments small and large with feelings of self-acceptance. What accomplishments make you feel proud?

We were a group of eleven people, and the conversation flowed naturally. Everyone had an opportunity to contribute, share and learn. I am grateful to have attended as such discussions are particularly important today. They help build human connection which is more relevant now than ever.

Visit http://livingroomseries.me to learn about upcoming events in your city so you can also be a part of a meaningful conversation and to help build connection. 

Creating connections in Calgary, Canada, Tony Esteves is a play-based workshop facilitator, performer and coach. He studied at the Second City Improv Training Centre and has been performing with Le Cirque de la Nuit since 2014. He was a part of their 2016 TEDx performance, “The Creative Process.”

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 his life transformed for the better. Tony created Play2MeetPeople Networking events for people to have fun and meet strangers. The Talk2MorePeople Book will get released in 2020. Visit Talk2MorePeople.com/tools for free tips on how to meet people.

How Meeting People Can Be Fun

Some people enjoy meeting strangers, some do not. Some people find it challenging, while others love it. Some people have experienced incredible growth and adventure by meeting new people, and some don’t believe that’s possible.

Which category are you in?

Would you like to learn how to become more comfortable meeting new people? And even have fun doing so? If so, take one more minute, and read on.

Can meeting people be fun? 

Yes!

Fact: Meeting new people can positively change your life. It’s a fact because doing so undoubtedly changed my life, and I hear from people weekly about how doing so has positively changed theirs. Positive change is fun.

Fact: Meeting new people can improve mental health.

Fact: Many people find meeting strangers even more terrifying than death.

Fact: Meeting strangers can be fun. It is true. It happens randomly in the real world and at events. Lots of strangers are fun people waiting to be met. But you may not know or believe that if you have never met any of them.

Meeting strangers can be fun in the real world:

You are allowed to have fun with many aspects of your life, even if you have never done so. Being playful while you are in public, and in a position to meet new people is a great way to break the ice for several reasons.

When you make a joke or have fun, people will often be able to relate to what you are joking about. This can build rapport and lead to a conversation once you have a shared experience through humour.

Generally, people enjoy laughter and being entertained. It can snap someone out of their routine and provide a much-needed break from daily stressors. Of course, not everyone enjoys a good joke or surprise comment, but more do than you may think.

When you express a pun, a joke or a funny observation, you are being authentic by being in the moment. Being authentic is a critical way to make connections with people.

How to Have Fun Meeting Strangers at an Event:

That’s easy, even if you don’t consider yourself to be a fun person. All you have to do is attend a networking event that was designed to be playful. There you will meet other people who are interested in having fun while meeting new people. Why not attend a free event? Take a look at:

Play2MeetPeople: Have fun. Meet strangers. 

The only thing you need to bring is a smile.

If you need a personal invitation, take a look at this 90-second VIDEO.

 

There happens to be one such event coming up in Calgary at the Central Public Library on Wednesday, November 6th from 4.30-6.30pm. Why not show up, and find out for yourself how meeting people can be fun?

You can register for free HERE.

Below are some photos from the first Play2MeetPeople Networking event in Calgary. We had fun. We met strangers.

Yours in Playfulness,

Tony Esteves

 

Creating connections in Calgary, Canada, Tony Esteves is a play-based workshop facilitator, performer and coach. He studied at the Second City Improv Training Centre and has been performing with Le Cirque de la Nuit since 2014. He was a part of their 2016 TEDx performance, “The Creative Process.”

He believes that people can move their lives forward by having more face-to-face conversations and created the Talk2MorePeople Project. During this social experiment, Tony meet at least one new stranger a day for an entire year, and his life was positively transformed. Tony created Play2MeetPeople Networking events for other people to have fun and meet strangers. 

Visit Talk2MorePeople.com/book for updates about the upcoming Talk2MorePeople Book – A Playful Guide on How To Meet Strangers.

You can meet a new person by interrupting them. Just be sure to be polite about it. In this case, I was working on my computer and two people interrupted me. I was NOT inconvenienced by this at all. We had a nice conversation and learned a few things about each other.

While I don’t suggest that you are ever rude to anyone, it may be helpful to know that even while people appear to be busy on their phone or their computer, you can probably still get into a conversation with them, if you choose to. 

Enjoy.


Tony Esteves has entertained people on 5 continents. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he works as a play-based workshop facilitator and performer. He studied improv at the Second City Improv Training Centre in Toronto 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 TEDx 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). And this is why he created the Talk2MorePeople Project. During this social experiment, Tony met at least one new stranger a day for an entire year and his life was positively transformed. Check out Talk2MorePeople.com for updates about the upcoming Talk2MorePeople Book – A Playful Guide on How To Meet Strangers.