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Sunday, 27 September 2015

#EndSmallTalk


End Small Talk In The Space, Abu Dhabi


When I was first invited to the #EndSmallTalk event I had no idea what it would be like, beyond wild guesses based on the name. As you can probably imagine the premise was simple: invite a group of strangers into The Space (which FYI is a beautiful venue and well worth a visit if you're ever in Abu Dhabi) and push them beyond the small talk.

We started by making a name tag which included the hashtag we thought represented ourself. It was surprisingly hard to think of one, and I ended up opting for #feel because I recently completed a Myer-Briggs personality test and scored virtually neutral on everything except feeling. On this I scored 83%, and those who know me personally will probably understand how accurate that is! We then had to choose a question from the question tree and approach strangers to discuss our answers. The prompts were varied but offered a rich base in which to engage in dialogue, and I found myself surprised by some of my own answers. We discussed happiness, tourism, morality, and I offered to die in exchange for teleportation for the rest of the world. 

The diversity of the attendees was thrilling. As most of my Abu Dhabi experience is on a campus with 800 other students, it's always great to break out and meet new people. I talked about space with mothers and illness with architects, and comfort zones and fear with a range of other people. I left feeling both exhausted and exhilarated, but so glad to have delved deeper with expats and locals who I will likely never meet again. 

If you ever get the chance to attend something like this, leap at it. You will not regret the chance to see a whole new side of strangers and of yourself. 


4 comments:

  1. This sounds like an amazing event! I'd love to take part in something like it one day.

    Aisling | aisybee.

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    1. You should if you can, it was such a rewarding experience! :)

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  2. Seems like a brilliant experience. Sometimes talking to strangers in cases like this can actually be really inspiring, as well as confidence building. I love listening to other's stories and opinions so I would definitely want to get involved in something like this! x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. It really was, and everyone's opinions were fascinating! I'm a natural introvert so I normally don't like talking to strangers/ meeting lots of people but I actually found it to be such an enriching experience :)

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