An upbeat speech for associations, colleges, individuals and organizations that shatters the myths and reveals the rewards of talking to strangers.

Whatever you want in this life chances are you’ll need a strangers help to get it. Strangers don’t just hold the keys to knowledge and joy, they hold the keys to something much more exciting: serendipity.

Nicholas Boothman shows audiences how attitude, body language, context and curiosity are all it takes to connect and communicate with four types of strangers:

  1. Passing Strangers: people you see frequently but never speak to
  2. Semi-Strangers: existing connections, excluding family and close friends, who might not seem important but really are
  3. Total Strangers: people you’ve never seen before
  4. Complete Strangers: people you know can help complete your goals and dreams.




The #1 most important skill for leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, teachers and managers.

Boothman shows how to create a winning first impression and, within 90 seconds, a lasting trust. Then, when those 90 seconds are up, he shows how to master the people-to-people skills that are essential to an ongoing business relationship.

Audiences learn to:

  • Adjust their attitude
  • Maximize first impressions
  • Engender trust and respect
  • Find common ground with strangers
  • Arouse the imagination in others
  • Know their message is getting through
  • Get people talking and keep them talking.


Captive any audience, pitch and present ideas, problem solve, inspire loyalty, lead change and open hearts. 

Research shows StorySpeakers earn more, out-perform, do better in school and college, get hired and promoted faster and get better service in person and over the phone than fact-speakers.

StorySpeak is more than just telling stories… it’s calling men’s perfume “aftershave,” branding Albacore tuna as “Chicken of the Sea,” and telling the boxing world “I’m going to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

Boothman shows audiences how the greatest communicators of all time use language to turn facts into feelings – because facts tell but feelings sell. 

Some Clients & Quotes

More than 600 corporations and associations, thousands of small businesses, and six of the world’s leading business schools know the better you are at connecting and communicating face-to-face with all kinds of different people, the faster you’ll pull ahead of the competition.

That’s why they contacted Nicholas Boothman.

“Training the New York Supercops includes daily discussions on the works of Aristotle, George Orwell and Nicholas Boothman.”

- The New Yorker

“They don’t call him the ‘kick-start expert’ for nothing. Nick sets the tone for the day and has people connecting like old trusted friends in no time at all.”


“Nick has an ability to cut through so much of the blather that is dished out these days. His preparation was critical in giving our team HELPFUL tools they could take out into the workplace immediately.”

- Volkswagen of America

“Great Job! Everyone at our convention really enjoyed your talk. It was impressive to witness all the conversations that followed.”

- The UPS Store

“I have personally worked with Nick on 3 events and in each he has gotten rave reviews.”

- AT&T, New York

“Uplifting, inspiring, full of hope and a host of skills we can use right now.”

- Gartner Consulting

“Every time Nicholas has spoken on our behalf he has enthralled and impressed the audience from the first minute and a half of the presentation until the last syllable was uttered.”

- Mackenzie Financial Corp

“AWESOME You are a gifted speaker, Mr. Boothman!! What a joy to listen to you. Your enthusiasm is absolutely infectious. Excellent feedback from the participants.”

- Standard Life

“The rave reviews are still coming in. Your professionalism, charisma, intellect — are why you are considered one of the best in your field. Again, thanks a million. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with you.”

- RE/MAX Central States and Dixie

“Nick’s presentation resulted in really useful attitudes, improved customer service, raised productivity… and more fun at work.”

- Compliance Division, Ministry of Finance

Nicholas Boothman, an expert on forging instant relationships, shows how to use the tools available to all of us – face, body, attitude, words and voice to establish trust and master the people-to-people skills that will help you persuade others to embrace and act on your ideas. 

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