Some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned so far are various tips for meeting new people which have helped me in numerous ways during various jobs I’ve had thus far. Being a shy child, it was terribly difficult for me to meet new people, let alone interact with strangers I would have to meet during future jobs. Yet, once I started working at 15, I quickly learned how to meet new people and also maintain relationships over time. Since starting my first job at 15, I’ve held jobs as a public speaker, newspaper reporter, a model and a representative for a nonprofit agency. Each of these jobs required me to meet new people on a daily basis, and during the process, I learned some pretty great tips for meeting new people that made things much easier and less awkward. Next time you’re having a hard time on the job or in your social life meeting others, try to remember a few of these tips and you'll be a pro at meeting others in no time!
1. Get out
One of the best tips for meeting new people is also one of the simplest. You have to get out if you want to meet new people and develop common interests. You’re not going to meet anyone sitting at home on your couch watching sitcom reruns or indulging in Pinterest every single night. Sure, that’s fine on occasion, but you’ve got to get out routinely to meet others. It is the only way you’ll overcome your fear of meeting new people and interact with them. Go to the store, spark up a conversation or visit a bookstore and join a book club. Just do anything you can to get out and try to meet others.
2. Use Social Media
Social media isn’t just for helping pass the time or feeding your smartphone addiction, girls! It can also be a great way to meet others! Getting on Facebook and asking friends out for a coffee date, or downloading an app to meet others in your area can be useful ways to use social media. In addition, you can start your own club or organization and post meetings, news, and updates all through social media to start interacting with others. The possibilities are endless with social media, so tweet away!
3. Look Others in the Eye
Whenever you meet someone new, look them directly in the eye. Not only will they appreciate you being straightforward and paying attention to them in this small way, but people who look others in the eye are automatically perceived as more honest and as better listeners.
During my past jobs and my current jobs, I’ve learned the powerful beauty of networking. Networking is essential to meeting others. All it takes is a little courage to spark up a conversation and talk to other people in your field with common interests. The saying “It’s all in who you know” is completely true, especially when it comes to networking. Social media sources like LinkedIn are a great way to start networking in your career field. Spark up a conversation and you never know whom you might meet who can help you meet others that could possibly change your life.
5. Listen More, Talk Less
There is such beauty in silence, girls! Being a good listener is one of the best things you can do when you meet others. We all love sharing information about ourselves to some degree, but listening more will help you more during all of your relationships than constantly talking will. Let others share with you, confide in you, and give you information. Listen more, talk less, and you’ll be seen as one of the best people to talk to on a regular basis.
6. Don’t Pry
When meeting new people, it can be hard not to pry if you’re interested in that person or really admire them. There is a difference between prying into their personal life and simply inquiring about general information. Know the difference between being nosy and simply showing interest. Just don’t ever pry into someone’s personal life that you just met. They will appreciate you for it in the long run, more than you could know. Others will think more highly of you than someone who seems to just want to get in their business, which could make you seem untrustworthy.
7. Get Involved
Contributing to charitable organizations, or joining a community service project can be a great way to meet others and interact with other people with common interests for the good of others. It can also help you help others, which is always a great way to meet people.
During the course of your life, you’ll have to meet many different types of people. It is always good to be seen as someone others can trust, talk to easily and who is considerate. Remember that while you shouldn’t stress about what everyone thinks about you, you should make yourself available to others to meet, and at the same time be someone who is worth meeting. Be kind, be a good listener and strike up conversations about common interests. Oh, and don’t forget to relax! Meeting new people can be fun and when you take interest in others, they will take interest in you. Do you have any tips for meeting new people to share?