Last week's Conversation Camp in London took a fun twist. A client and I met some people and ended up spending much of the day together. The artist invited us to the private club Shoreditch House which was near where we run the Conversation Camp there in London at the Ace hotel. Shoreditch house was great fun and there's no place like a private club for meeting cool and attractive people. :)

Before that though, we were goofing around and filmed some video or myself and the artist, Tamer Nakisci juggling his art. I just bought a new iPhone and was keen to try out the slow-motion video feature so I ended up editing it all up to music when I got home. 

In any case, conversation skills are great at getting things you want, like dates with attractive people and success in sales and business. But they're also great for random, fun adventures with strangers. 

Here's the story I wrote with the video at the end. Enjoy!

- Wayne



This is the true story of four strangers meeting in a cafe.

The storyteller sits at the next table to the artist. They are strangers.

The artist pulls out a bright object and says, “I have these cubes. They’re the basic building block of our lives.”

“Interesting,” says the storyteller. “Why not a ball?”

“Balls are wonderful but they’re literally, worlds to their own. You can’t stack a ball or build structures with them like you can the cube.”

The storyteller rubbed his chin. “I never thought about it that way.”

The artist made a show of offering the cube. “Will you accept this gift?

“Yes. I’ll set it right here next to my tea and later try to give it a good home.” And so he took the cube, not knowing that would change the course of the day.

“What’s that?” said the technologist when he showed up.

“A building block of creativity,” said the storyteller. “The cube is like any of the elements of a story. Think of it like a character, or an action shot or a reaction shot.”

“I see,” said the technologist. “I want to learn more about stories. The three sat together appreciating the cube.

“Its color is striking,” said the technologist.

“Yes,” said the artist. “I worked hard to get that just right. “It’s not quite orange which would make you think of fruit. And it’s not quite red which would make you think of fire engines and street lights. The color lies somewhere in between - not familiar, but not strange either.”

The technologist and the storyteller nodded their heads as if the artist had discovered something profound.

Just then a Marathon Runner showed up. She wore fast shoes and smiled easily.

“Is this table taken,” she said.

“Please,” said the artist, gesturing grandly for her to sit at the next table to the group.

“What is that?” she asked.

“Our technology is made up of discreet units,” said the technologist. “Your phone for instance, in your pocket is made up of cubes. There are cubes within cubes within cubes. This cubes represents all those cubes.”

“You’re right I’m sure,” she said. “But I don’t know what the cube means to me. Running a marathon is very circular with no sharp corners at all.”

“Ah yes,” said the artist.

“Good point,” said the storyteller.

“Oh well,” said the technologist.

They sat in quiet for a moment, each contemplating the meaning of this conversation.

“But,” said the Marathon Runner. “I like the color.”

Everyone smiled and agreed on that. The conversation ran on to other things and, in a short time, they became friends.

“What shall we do to keep the fun going?” asked the artist.

“Let’s go shoot some video of the cube outside on the street.”

“Yes,” said the artist. “That’s where the cube belongs - with the people.”

The storyteller did not know if the artist was joking. But they all went outside and filmed themselves playing with cubes.

How to be a good student at a Conversation Camp

A good student at a Conversation Camp is someone who isn’t afraid to be challenged.

We all have areas of our lives that we might be dissatisfied with: whether it’s never closing a date with an attractive woman or a sale that could be career changing. Yet being dissatisfied with an aspect of your life, whether it is in dating, socializing or business, doesn’t mean that you’re bad at it.

Students of our Conversation Camps are just driven to be better.

You want to be an expert conversationalist and never miss an opportunity again to get that business deal or date again.

If you are unhappy with achieving anything less than your full potential, then a Charisma Arts Conversation Camp is where you need to be to hone your skills.

The skills taught at a conversation camp are applicable to all sorts of social situations including Dating, Business, Sales and Social Skills .

The camp offers you expert training and new theories for personal advancement from our Head Honcho, ‘Self-help’ Guru, and all round Conversation Master Wayne ‘Juggler’ Elise. Famed as a contributing author and character in the best-seller ‘The Game’, Wayne is a slightly reformed Master Pick Up Artist whose teachings have influenced a generation of men to be charismatic, conversational mavericks.

Since then he has broadened his unique, and entertaining, style of teaching to include political and business coaching,  and writing articles  for ‘Psychology Today’ and ‘Esquire’.

During a camp Wayne not only teaches you the practical application of his ideas, but also responds to your individual concerns about where you need to improve most. Every Conversation camp is different and tailored to the needs of the elite group that is being taught.

We want you to participate.

To get the most out of your experience, and to excel as a Charisma Arts client, you are encouraged to participate in role-playing, conversational games and enactments of challenging real life scenarios. Luckily this learning curve occurs in the comfort, and controlled learning environment, of an up-market hotel conference room.

“It is quite amazing that he can just talk in a way that captures your imagination and draws you into wanting to participate in the conversation”- Jack the Stripper Alumni.

Our camps are designed to fit our clients’ needs, and structured to optimize your time with Wayne or our instructors.

After two days a good student will be armed with practical guidance (and usually a hefty amount of notes) on how to conquer the dating, sales, business or social skills challenges you may face.

But we don’t want you just to be a good student.

A great student will not only have all the practice and notes they need to succeed, but they will turn their experience at a Conversation Camp into personal success.

By signing up to a Conversation Camp you’ve already proven that you’re the kind of person that is driven towards achieving your goals; all we do is give you the tools to achieve them.

“I left happy, I knew I had finally opened the next door in this journey”- Pleiades Alumni

Rule one of a conversation camp: Face your fears

Rule one of a Conversation Camp: you’ve got to come ready to confront your fears.

Lots of the time people try and avoid fear in their lives: the fear of speaking to someone new, escalating a situation, pitching your idea to your boss. There are even plenty of people out there who want to teach you to avoid fear. To do this they try and tell you that our interactions can be scripted.

But scripts don’t work in real life. Real life and really connecting with people doesn’t have a flow chart, and avoiding any social anxiety is unrealistic. Even our ‘Conversation Master’ Wayne ‘Juggler’ Elise gets nervous... sometimes. The difference with Charisma Arts is that we’ll teach you not how to avoid your fears but to overcome then; and that’s what makes you a real, engaging, charismatic person.

Fear is healthy.

It is normal to fear some social situations for fear of rejection, embarrassment or not presenting yourself how you would like. In fact if your pulse didn’t race a little when you first approach someone then we would suggest you try skydiving, lion taming, or kissing Megan Fox. We’re not supposed to avoid fear in our lives, we’re supposed to be able to face it and conquer it.

Fear is what drives us forward.

If we confront it, it shows our courage in tackling challenging interactions. And if we succeed against it then we get greater satisfaction from doing it, and a greater ability to escalate more, open more and engage with people more in the future.

You’ve got to come to a Conversation Camp ready to face your fears and become a more successful person. Be prepared for Wayne ‘Juggler’ Elise to actively and constructively teach you how to overcome your fears. He’ll use one on one role play and small group exercises to simulate and work through real life situations where your fear threshold is going to be challenged. Luckily these exercises come prefaced with new theories and examples from Wayne himself on how to turn fear into success. They also happen to be held in an elite supportive group, in an upmarket hotel conference center. So you can learn to challenge yourself (and have some laughs at Wayne’s expense in the process) in a comfortable environment, before learning new methods and ideas that you can take straight out and apply that night on the town, or the next day in the office.

By signing up for a Conversation Camp it shows that you are ready to face your fears and challenge yourself to take your social, business, sales or dating skills to the next level. It also shows bravery in wanting to change your life for the better - which makes us already think that you’re half way to mastering your fears already and are on track to be a great student.