How to Talk to Strangers
Taught by Laura Silver
Laura Silver is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in the New York Times and the Forward and on NPR. Laura teaches in the Food Studies Department at the New School for Public Engagement and has been a writer in residence at the Millay Colony, the Banff Centre, and the New York Public Library. She is considered the world’s leading expert on the knish.
Strangers are everywhere and they may not be as strange as we think. They can become friends, lovers, business partners, mentors and contacts. But you'll never know unless you speak to them.
Shyness is not an excuse.
We'll talk about how to engage people you don't (yet) know. We'll practice tactics for starting conversations (and, when need be, ending them), making connections and getting the most out of the human ecosystem that surrounds us.
Bring questions, quandaries, stories of success or attempts gone awry.