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I read a great article in Forbes by Jon Youshaei called “How To Meet Amazing People Without Sleazy Networking: Insights From 6,220 Conversations.” He wrote about Ankit Shah, the founder of “Tea with Strangers,” who connects strangers over cups of tea so they can share stories with each other. As Ankit says on his website, “Everyone around you is a person, loaded with stories that you can’t even begin to fathom. They’re different from yours, but the fact that we all have them is what brings us together.”
Ankit has a community of hosts in different cities who bring small, organized groups of strangers together for tea and conversation. There’s no agenda and there are no strings attached—genuine communication between strangers is the only goal. His reason is to “make our cities feel more like neighborhoods” because he believes that “we’re more connected than ever before, but we’re more alone.” Real face-to-face conversations create a sense of belonging and community that makes life better for all of us.
I couldn’t agree with him more. I’m the kind of person who strikes up conversations with strangers every single day. And, yes, I know my cashier at my local Ace Hardware!
That’s why I started my blog, “Strangers I Have Known.” Why not meet someone new every chance you get? There’s always an opportunity for a fresh perspective—just take a minute to reach out to a stranger.
I wish Ankit and his “Tea with Strangers” project all the best. Just think, he’s creating community one cup of tea at a time.