All of us feel a bit awkward or out-of-place when we are amidst strangers. And when it’s a new place or a new job it becomes much more difficult.
Check out these tips on how to convert strangers to friends:
- Be Open
Just go ahead and say “Hi” as a conversation starter. You will be surprised to know that people are more welcoming than we generally expect.
- Don’t bother about the outcome
When you don’t expect any outcome, you won’t be disappointed or offended if someone doesn’t respond to you. Do your thing, and don’t worry about whether you get a response or not.
- Be tolerant
If they reject you, it isn’t about you. It’s about their preference, so don’t take it personally. If they passed up on the opportunity to connect with you, that’s their loss.
- Just do it
One of the best ways to combat the fear is to do it repeatedly. Push through the fear and it will start to feel more natural.
- Keep practicing
Don’t concern yourself if you seem a little awkward or even aggressive. If your intentions are authentic, you will come across that way, the more you try.
- Talk about them
The best way to keep someone interested in a conversation is to show an interest in what they do. Everybody likes to talk about themselves. Even if you don’t know a about a particular subject, keep asking questions to understand them more.
- Humor them
Laughter makes the exchange fun and joyful. People enjoy talking with others who make them laugh. So switch on your humor sense and don’t take anything too seriously—just have fun with it!
- Keep smiling
If nothing else works, just smile! There is nothing in this world a smile cannot fix.
It is our sincere hope and expectation that many people from different backgrounds, who may be worlds apart, could come together using this platform for a mutual interest that would leave them both happier and enhanced. This Tangle focuses on keeping the spotlight away from the individual and focuses on their mutual interests between people.