Alice is challenged to befriend a stranger every day Category

Top ten tips on how to talk to strangers

1. Comment on something – an item of jewellery or something they’re reading/browsing, introduce yourself by name or better still open with a joke to break the ice like the intrepid social skydiver you are. 2. Don’t focus on the outcome. Have a go and see where initiating contact takes you. Remember rejection is inevitable […]

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Entry 4 – Couch surfing

To round off the NOYO project, I’m experimenting with couch surfing. The idea of welcoming a stranger into your home, visiting a new place and staying with a local. Founded in 2004, it connects travellers with a global network of people willing to share in a profoundly unique way.  I hit up the website […]

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Entry 3: Back in Blighty

Over the pond I’ve certainly found the challenge harder work since coming back to Blighty. One theory is that our American friends do not share the same hereditary social class system. “All men are created equal” (except perhaps the Canadians) as they say and as such greeting strangers and customers with a degree of assumed […]

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Entry 2: Making friends across the pond

7 Strangers, 7 Days. Stranger 1: Name: Hector  Location: Business class airport lounge My family and I have been trying all the tricks in the book to save up enough air miles to fulfil a bucket list ambition of one day flying business class for free. I’m like a child in a sweet shop at […]

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Entry 1: Yoyoing with 30 strangers

Number of days: 7 Rebuff count: 2 Conversations/yoyos/selfies with a stranger: 20+ NOYO Project  As part of this month’s challenge of befriending a stranger every day my brother Rob and I have launched the NOYO (“not on your own”) Project. Together we hit the streets of Las Vegas to see how the people we met reacted […]

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