It all began as a video I made one summer, where I walked up to complete strangers and invited them to answer the question, “What do you want to do before you die?”
Through this video, I hoped to show that no one needs to feel lonely. Instead, you can approach someone and start a conversation with a question that “skips the small talk” to nurture a deeper human connection.
Just one question has the power to transform your life – it certainly transformed mine!
Big Talk went on to become a sort of grassroots global movement after I was invited to give a TEDx talk that generated over 6.5 million views on YouTube. Soon people all over the world were sharing their stories about how asking Big Talk questions helped them to repair and deepen their relationships, overcome mental health struggles, find purpose at work, or even fall in love.
I have since led Big Talk workshops for thousands of people all over the world. Just this morning, 125 Fulbrighters from over 65 different countries (Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Mexico – to name a few) participated in Big Talk. Two months ago, I traveled to New Hampshire to film Big Talk conversations for their statewide mental health campaign. A few days ago, a rising pop star used the Big Talk question card game at a dinner with his closest fans in Los Angeles. A U.S. senator has used Big Talk with his staff, as well as teachers at Harvard Medical School, and employees of Fortune 500 companies. Big Talk has truly been a passport to getting to know people from all walks of life from all over the world.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and believed in Big Talk throughout these years. There have always been challenges and bumps along the road, but I am so grateful that what began as a passion project has evolved into a deeply fulfilling career!