One of the rewards of publishing a book like Do Talk To Strangers – Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, is to receive feedback from readers who are ‘having a go’ and achieving great things in their lives, and have found important insights in my book and my presentations which encourage, inspire and motivate them to continue being world changers with fresh perspectives and new skill sets.
During a speaking engagement in Sydney recently I caught up with Shivi Bhalla, the director of English Wise, a business which prepares international students for academic and professional opportunities in Australia. Shivi has heard me speak a few times now, and read my book as he’s been traveling.
View our chat below.
Shivi has been travelling the world to Thailand, New Zealand, Dubai and Australia and along the way has been engaging clients in new and different ways, because of his insights from Do Talk To Strangers.
“The book is really helpful for growing your business and also to have insights about different kinds of people,” he says.
“In the last couple of months I’ve been able to get clients just by talking to them. I didn’t know them but just by initiating the conversation they got into my business.
“As far as my travel is concerned I had some very interesting conversations with some 60 year-olds and then young people. I got to know so much about how people think… my travel was worth what I spent and I want to thank Kerrie for sharing such a positive and beautiful message.”
As you’ll discover in Do Talk To Strangers – Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, the book does help you grow your business, but there’s nothing more amazing than going out to with a heart to serve, and to give people the opportunity to share and not be attached to the agenda of ‘I need to grow my business’ or ‘I need to get more clients’. See them as a human being and be rewarded by the results, as Shivi experienced.
He now knows if you really want to grow your business or you just want to have trust in conversations or listen more you can learn to focus on listening skills.
“The more you listen it’s better for you as an individual and also if you’re running a business,” he says.
“I think you should be the one to start the conversation. A lot of times we self sabotage ourselves or wrap up ourselves in our egos and ask ‘why should we start the conversation?’, but I believe there are people out there who want to have a conversation with you. It’s not just about you, but giving other people the opportunity to share their story.
“Where I come from in India we do talk to strangers a lot so when I came to Australia it was very surprising to me and what Kerrie is doing is what people do need to understand in Australia.”
Are you ready for insight on how you can grow your business using one essential skill – Connect with Confidence?
Join me in Orange, New South Wales on Monday, March 23 for the Connect with Confidence Workshop. Early bird discounts available. Visit www.kerriephipps.com.au/events for details.