How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less

When you are connecting and communicating your ideas to strangers your success depends on making instant, meaningful connections and articulating your messages in ways that are friendly, memorable and easy to understand.

In this speech Nicholas Boothman shows audiences how to use the tools that belong to all of us – face, body, attitude and voice – to make a dazzling first impression, establish immediate rapport and trust and assemble the words that persuade others to act on their ideas.


Audiences learn to:
make a great first impression, articulate their ideas so they get acted on, connect with the emotions, appear socially smarter. 

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

In this speech audiences learn the ABCs of face-to-face communication: Attitude, Body-language, Conversation and Communication.

Whether you’re selling, managing, negotiating, planning, collaborating, pitching, instructing-or on your knees with a marriage proposal-the secret of success is based on creating instant rapport with other people.

For retail, direct sales, front-line and support personnel, individuals, associations and students of all ages.

Audiences gain confidence, make friends, ace interviews, get people talking and learn how to make the best of the most important 90 seconds in any relationship, business or personal.


Whatever it is you want in this life chances are you’ll need a strangers help to get it. To understand this is to recognize one of life’s simple truths. Life doesn’t happen without talking to strangers.

But if you’ve ever been on the subway or in a supermarket you know the rules, don’t make eye contact, don’t stand too close and whatever you do: don’t talk to strangers.

But what if the rules are wrong?

It has never been more important to talk to strangers than it is today. Political correctness, digital distractions and polarized politics are making strangers out of all of us. The result is an epidemic of loneliness anxiety and depression across all ages, socio-economic groups and nations.

It’s time for a change.• It’s time to talk to the strangers who are our neighbors to find out what we can learn from them. Not just the things we agree on but the things we disagree on because that’s where the learning and the leadership begins.• It’s time to talk to share knowledge and joy.• And it’s time to talk to make magic  because strangers don’t just hold the keys to joy and knowledge: they hold the keys to something much more exciting. Lucky breaks and serendipity. There’s not a single Nobel prize winning scientist, billionaire or celebrity will refute this. They know lucky breaks are real and they can change your life in a flash and they normally come in the shape of strangers.

We talk to stranger at work as new clients and colleagues. And even in a social setting talking to stranger is really the only way to find new friends.

We need the emotional input of other humans as much as we need the air we breathe and the food we eat. Deprive of us of it and we will wither and die just as surely as if you took away our food and fresh air. 

But when strangers come together, joy and knowledge can be shared, hope can be found, food can be grown, diseases can be cured and miracles can happen. Every day, every hour, every minute.Because the biggest miracle of all is you.


The Irresistible Power of StorySpeak – The new strategic imperative for business development.

 Audiences learn 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. 
  • it’s TALKING IN COLOR for charismatic conversation that makes people feel good and excited
  • it’s I-KOLAs – simple word pictures to capture hearts, minds and spirits
  • it’s POINT-STORIES – short strategic real-world stories to build a brand, fundraise, change attitude and make complicated concepts sound simple and memorable
  • it’s STEPPING STONES – rousing motivational speeches and presentations to share a vision, pitch a product, enhance performance and inspire loyalty  

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.  

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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