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I Talk To Strangers - Ways To Be More Social And Make New Friends
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One line that most everyone has heard is "Don't talk to strangers!" This is probably one of the worst pieces of advice an adult can adhere to. If you do not talk to strangers, you do not build new relationships. If you do not build new relationships, you limit your opportunities. In this world, networking is everything. It is all about who you know and who knows them. So get to know more people!

  1. Go places. If you want to get to know people, you have to get out to find people. Talk to the person at the grocery store, go to a book club, join a gym -- go anywhere and find someone to talk to. If you are really unsure, go to a store, act like you work there, and direct your 'customers' around to the items they are looking for.
  2. Smile! No one wants to talk to unhappy people. If you're happy, people pick up on the vibe and mimic it themselves. Humans, by nature, are essentially herd animals. We all like being around each other and copy each other. So set an example that others will continue!
  3. Make eye contact. When you make eye contact you signal that you are a confident, self-assured person. Don't stare, though. Staring comes off as creepy and too intense.
  4. Break the ice. Start the conversation. A simple "Hello" can do the trick. Or, you can build upon a common ground such as the situation. If you are both at an event, then obviously you like the topic, which gives you fuel for conversation. Avoid talking about the weather, current news, politics, and natural disasters. These things aren't optimistic and aren't likely to set a good tone for conversation.
  5. Give someone a compliment. By complimenting people, you are making them feel good. So they associate the "feel-good" with you. Plus, it breaks the ice. Compliments also give a brief topic for conversation. Ladies, this one is especially for you. Next time you like someone's purse or shoes or whatever. Walk over there and say something!
  6. Introduce yourself. If they know your name, they are more likely to feel comfortable with you. If they are comfortable, they will talk with you.
  7. Do not fear rejection. The time will come when you get blown off, ignored, and rejected. But it never hurts to try. Just ignore the ones that ignore you. If you'd like, take it to the next level and try to (in your head) figure out why they ignored you and what you could do next time to get their attention.

Remember, it is a small world no matter how vast it seems at the time and you never know when you will run into your prior contacts. If you just talk to a new person everyday, by the end of the year that is 365 new people who you know. Out of those 365 people, one could be your new venture investor. Another, your legal counsel. Essentially, you a constructing a web of resources to help yourself and at the same time you'll be benefiting your community. Now, get off your rump and go be social!


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