Speaking engagements

How to Talk to Strangers by Margaret Meps Schulte

Margaret Meps Schulte, the author of Strangers Have the Best Candy and The Joyful Bear, is a lively, humorous speaker who presents at venues all over the United States. Her original cartoons and audience participation are completely out-of-the-box and have made a lasting impact on audiences from Seattle, Washington to Key West, Florida.

Past engagements included the Burning Man Center Camp Speaker Series on Psychic Nomadism and the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department at Columbus State Community College. Meps has also spoken and given workshops at arts events, coffee houses, cafes, candy stores, and bookstores around the US.

Program ideas include:

  • How to Talk to Strangers
    The unique and colorful presentation that everyone loves! Using an interactive, humor-filled format, Margaret Meps Schulte shares lessons about how to talk to strangers and make lifelong friends through chance encounters. She invites the audience to set aside judgment and look for connection and serendipity in their own lives. Watch a sample on YouTube.
  • Ten Things Your Teddy Bear Can Teach You About Life. The co-author of The Joyful Bear takes the stage with Frank Lloyd Bear to present the key lessons of teddy bear philosophy, illustrated with giant cartoons.
  • You’re Not a Kid Anymore
    Young adult audiences will sit up and take note at this super-lively presentation. For years, they’ve been told never to talk to strangers. But that rule doesn’t apply to adults. Margaret Meps Schulte provides encouragement and tips for college-age and 20-somethings as they begin to interact with strangers as adults.
  • Stranger-Stories to Delight and Entertain
    Meet Charlie, the man with the cat on his head. Peek into the garage of the man with more money than God. Marvel at the woman who turned down a free house. Hear about “that one time at Burning Man,” and much more.
  • Wanderlove: How to Live Homeless by Choice
    Are you tied to a house and a job? Do you want to learn what it’s like to live free and travel around, untethered by routine and responsibilities? Margaret Meps Schulte will discuss the emotional and psychological challenges of 15 years of nomadic life.
  • That’s Life on a Boat
    Living on a boat ranges from sublimely romantic to terrifying to downright uncomfortable. Hear what it’s like to move onto a sailboat, live aboard for years, and then “swallow the anchor” and move ashore again.
  • How to Find and Mark Happy Spots
    In this presentation, you’ll learn what a happy spot is, how to find one, and how to make one if you can’t find one. You’ll also learn methods for marking happy spots and suggestions for increasing happiness in the world. Find out more about Happy Spots by watching Margaret Meps Schulte’s slideshow on YouTube:

Please contact Margaret Meps Schulte for more information about programs, fees, and scheduling.
Phone: 772-360-4568