Five Steps to Meeting New People
by Sadie Peterson
Whether youre moving to a new city, a new job, or just
want to expand your social circle, these five tips can help
you meet new people wherever you go.
1.Talk to Everyone after years of watching a friend meet
people easily everywhere he went, I realized his secret: he
talks to everyone. I dont mean just the cute mail guy,
or the girl walking her dog. I mean everyone. Whether its
the older lady crossing the street, your new apartment manager,
or the drug store clerk, make it a point to say something to
everyone you pass. You never know when you might have something
great in common.
2.Smile A smile is the best way to let people know that
youre open to talking to them. Particularly if you find
it hard to start a conversation, a smile can help you get the
other person to start the conversation.
3.Have something to say Okay, I know its corny,
but you CAN talk about the weather. No matter who you are or
where you are, theres something to say about the weather.
Living in sunny San Diego, I usually say Its gorgeous
outside today wish I were out there! or something
along those lines. This lets people know that you like the outdoors,
and that youve got a positive attitude. This works whether
its raining (gee, we really needed this rain), snowing
(wow, the skiing will be great this year), or cloudy (its
nice a cool out today!). Dont want to discuss the weather?
Discuss a current event. Read up on the latest celebrity trial,
natural disaster, or scientific breakthroughs, and youll
always have something to say. In line at the grocery store,
you can always comment on the magazine cover stories.
4.Ask Questions Youre new in town, take advantage
of it! Ask people where the best sports bar is, which museum
to visit first, or where to find the perfect margarita, and
youll get the ball rolling to meeting a new friend.
5.Compliment, compliment, compliment You should never
do this if its not sincere, but a compliment is always
a great conversation starter. And, it starts the conversation
on a positive note, so people are already responding favorably
to you. Tell the waitress her shoes are great, compliment your
neighbors car, let a clerk know shes doing a great
About the Author
Sadie Peterson has helped hundreds of people meet new friends.
Her website, http://www.aroundtownsandiego.org, helps members
meet each other and explore San Diego.
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