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Talk to Strangers: How Everyday, Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income, and Life by David Topus

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Contents

Acknowledgments

Guide to Charts, Tables, and Lists

Introduction

Section I: Creating Your Future Through the People You Haven’t Even Met . . . Yet

Chapter 1: The Untapped Potential in Your Everyday Encounters

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Chapter 2: New Faces in New Places

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Chapter 3: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Chapter 4: Schmooze or Lose

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Chapter 5: The Limits of Online Connections

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Chapter 6: When Traditional Networking Is Not Working

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Chapter 7: Face It: Nothing Beats the Chemistry of In-Person Communication

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Chapter 8: Anonymity—A Random Connector’s Greatest Advantage

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Chapter 9: We’re All Connected

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Chapter 10: The Four Beliefs of Successful Random Connectors

1. The World Is a Friendly Place

2. Everyone Can Be Met

3. Almost Everyone You Meet Can Enhance Your Life in Some Way

4. You Can Enhance the Life of Everyone You Meet

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Section II: Turning Random Encounters Into Mutually Beneficial Relationships

Chapter 11: Find Clues to Initiate Conversation

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Chapter 12: Avoid Judging People From a Distance

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Chapter 13: Don’t be Overeager

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Chapter 14: Seize the Moment

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Chapter 15: Get on Their Wavelength

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Chapter 16: The Importance of Authenticity and Curiosity

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Chapter 17: Focus on Your New Connection ...

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