Now let's set the scene.
You've just entered your local coffee shop. Alone, you head towards your table. As you look up, there in front of you drinking coffee at a neighboring table is a Fellow Human accompanied by a Visitor Companion. You want to connect, but your heart begins to race.
First thing, take a breath and approach slowly.
They are as afraid of you as you are of them. But, the one thing you both have in common is that you want to connect and communicate face-to-face. So that should help you feel more at ease.
As you get closer and as soon as eye contact is made, you must complete this one very important step and that is...to smile.
From there, you both immediately engage in a mutual greeting with a "Hello There, Human".
Wha-la! Connection is officially ignited.
There you are sitting face-to-face with a Fellow Human, now what?
Well, below you will find two links that will help guide you through this conversational journey. The first link is a "Conversation Guide" which will give you in-depth directions on how to become a Motivational Listener with the goal of making others feel valued and acknowledging what they share, thus quickly building rapport.
What do we talk about?
The second link is a collection of "Conversation Starters" which can be extremely useful. Here you'll find lots and lots of QUESTIONS. Of course, not everyone wants to bare their soul at first, so you can pick the comfort level of question as well.
This is a collection of unique and engaging questions to mix and match as you please. So keep in mind, if you both are on board with the Hello There Human mission of connecting more then these peculiar questions won't feel so awkward asking and plus, they will add a bit more fun and interest to the conversation. A simple way to create a meaningful interaction.
If you want to make the conversation even more engaging and really start connecting, play the "Hello There Human" game. It's a fun, easy and quick way to really get to know someone.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Step by step guide to help you engage in thoughtful conversation by becoming a Motivational Listener
Ideas and Topics
Quickly move beyond the small stuff and begin to learn more about each other with the help of topic ideas and conversation starters. In turn, creating more meaningful conversation
A Little Extra Help
The Hello There Human Game is a fun, easy and quick way to get the conversation going
What great information and insight.
Communicating Human-to-Human 101
Find your seat at the front of the classroom, then click on the links below to view videos, articles and observations from The Experts. By building your communication skills along with using the tools supplied, you'll begin to create richer conversations, in turn, fostering more meaningful connections
Read articles that expose the slow social disconnect and
how to reconnect through more face-to-face communication
Perspectives from Contributors
This is a collection of observations (aka Blog)
from the HTH Team and other contributors
Making Mental Health a Priority
Links to articles, videos and organizations that offer help and guidance