Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

Tickets for this event are not yet available to the public. We send out a special early ticket link to our e-mail list for every event. Sign up to receive our e-mails here.


Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? 

Bring your friends (or come by yourself) and spend your Wednesday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. 

We'll be offering cards with "big talk" conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, "When are you the happiest?" "What's one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What's getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?" and, "If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?" We'll give you some structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We'll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Ashley, a phone volunteer at a suicide hotline, will be available to talk if tough subjects come up. 

**Close to the beginning of the event, we will organize a PIZZA DELIVERY from Caesar's Pizza and Subs for anyone who wants to order pizza at the event. They have very generously offered us an awesome group discount, so it'll come down to about $1.50 per slice of cheese and $2.00 per slice of pepperoni! Bring cash accordingly! We are not allowed to be directly involved in the ordering process due to city-wide food regulations, but we will help bring together anyone who is interested in ordering food and have an STST volunteer help out. You are also invited to bring your own dinner or eat beforehand or afterward-- no pressure, everyone will be doing their own thing! We will also have an alternative menu available for Momo n Curry if you would like to order something different on your own and don't know much in the area, and you can always order from anyplace you like on your own. Alcohol will be available onsite!**

Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to arrive before 6 pm so we can begin as close to on time as possible.

Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Ashley Talks at the What I Make Conference

Discounted tickets for the What I Make Conference will be released via our e-mail list. You can sign up for it here


Ashley Kirsner is a bubbly powerhouse of a woman who is encouraging people throughout Boston to Skip the Small Talk by sitting down and having real conversations.

Learn why Ashley is passionate about skipping the small talk during her talk and then sit down and learn how she does it in her workshop at WhatIMake: 2017!

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whatimake-2017-tickets-29583853101


Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Ashley Kirsner

Photo: Ashley Kirsner

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. 

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

Jan
12
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. 

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

Dec
29
6:30 pm18:30

Skip the Small Talk Prom

Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

We held our first Skip the Small Talk Prom at Dorchester Brewing Company. It was way more fun and a LOT less awkward than high school prom. We asked folks to show up in fabulous attire, whatever that meant to them. Nick Arango, a local fusion dance teacher, taught partner dancing before a Skip the Small Talk. We used our research-based structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to get strangers talking in a low-stress way about topics that help people feel more connected to each other. We ended with a dance party, featuring a spontaneous conga line that took over the brewery.

Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Michael Goodman

Photo: Michael Goodman

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. 

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

Nov
22
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk at WeWork

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers feel comfortable talking to each other for our event at WeWork: South Station in Boston. We started the night off offering research-based tips for how to skip the small talk at work, and we practiced those methods throughout the event.

Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk: Election Edition

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

We utilized our research-informed structure and cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. Since emotions were running high after the 2016 presidential election, we offered the option of talking about the election as well as talking about anything but the election, along with a primer about how to use mindfulness techniques to have productive conversations with those who disagree. We built in several mindfulness exercises into the evening as practice.

We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

Skip the Small Talk at Aeronaut

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Photo: Karonica Davidson

Our first Skip the Small Talk as it exists in its current form took place at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. We brought the same research-informed structure to help folks feel comfortable opening up to each other, and we refined our cards with thought-provoking questions on them to help strangers get to that magical conversational place where they feel like they can talk about anything. It worked. We sold out days before the event, and we met a lot of fantastic folks who come back for more small-talk skipping regularly. We continue to hold these Skip the Small Talks at Aeronaut monthly.

Jun
24
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk BYOPicnic

Photo: Coco McCabe

Photo: Coco McCabe

Over fifty people skipped the small talk with us at the Boston Common, including a large group of people who met that night and went out for drinks together after the event. 

We used the same pieces of paper with questions written on them from the first event to help strangers get to know each other. Research-based facilitation ensured that people felt as comfortable as possible opening up to each other.

Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Skip the Small Talk Dinner

"Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about?"

That's what we asked on our Facebook event, and the answer was an overwhelming, "Yes." Five hundred eighty-seven people said they were interested and eighty-six said they were going. We were able to accommodate fifty of those folks for a picnic dinner at JFK Park in Cambridge, MA.

Ashley, our founder, wrote thought-provoking questions on pieces of paper and devised a structure for strangers to ask each other those questions. She used psychology research on co-experience, decision-making, and more to inform those questions as well as the format so that attendees would feel open to talking with strangers. People stayed hours after the event was supposed to end and they asked for more events, so she kept 'em coming.