People today struggle to build and sustain in-person relationships despite our use of technology. Our routine of working, coming home, sleeping, waking up and repeating the process can be challenging when you want to meet new people and build new friendships.
In fact, there are many things you can do to meet new people and establish a relationship with them. Here are a few ideas.
Invite your neighbors over.
One of the simplest ways to get to know people is to meet those right around you. Your neighbors are already in your community, so get to know them better by inviting them over to your house for a cup of coffee or dinner.
Join a hobby club.
No matter what you love to do, there is a club for that. Evaluate your interests and see if you can find a club or organization in your area with like-minded people.
Go to a coffee shop.
Coffee shops are full of different, fascinating people. Read a book, work on a project and take the opportunity to say hello to someone and get to know them.
Consider your body language.
Body language is an important—yet often overlooked—part of communication. As you talk with other people, subtly evaluate your own body language. Show that you are approachable, avoid crossing your arms, and checking your phone.
Ask intriguing questions.
Remember: people love talking about themselves. So, help build the relationship quickly by asking intriguing questions whenever possible.
Volunteer for a cause.
If you want to meet new friends and make a difference for a cause you care about, why not do both at the same time? Volunteer with an organization in your community and get to know people who have similar interests as you. The more you serve, the more people you can meet.
Take the leap.
Ultimately, the best way to meet new people and make new friends is to take the leap and put yourself out there. It can be scary to make friends. But, without an initial effort, it will be challenging to meet new friends. So, become courageous and get out of your comfort zone and build new relationships.
Despite being more connected than we have ever been before, people today still struggle with meeting others and building relationships. Making friends is a skill you can learn and practice. Try out the tips above to master the art of meeting and making new friends.