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5 Steps to Meet New People by Sadie Peterson

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Meeting new people is as easy as following those 5 steps.

To meet new people, you'll just need to take notes on the 5 steps.

1. Talk to Everyone

As I watched a friend meet new people easily wherever he went, I realized his secret: he talks to everyone.

I don't mean just the cute mail guy, or the girl walking her dog.

I mean everyone.

It doesn't matter if it's the older woman crossing the street, your new apartment manager, or the drug store clerk, take the time to talk to everyone you see.

You never know when you might have something great in common.

2. Smile

A smile is the best way to let people know that you're open to talking to them.

A smile can help you start a conversation, particularly if you have difficulty starting a conversation.

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3. Have something to say

Okay, I know it's corny, but you CAN talk about the weather.

No matter who you are or where you are, there's something to say about the weather.

Living in sunny San Diego, I usually say "It's gorgeous outside today – wish I were out there!" or something along those lines.

This lets people know that you like the outdoors, and that you've got a positive attitude.

This works whether :

it's raining (gee, we really needed this rain),

snowing (wow, the skiing will be great this year),

or cloudy (it's nice a cool out today!).

Don't want to discuss the weather?

Discuss a current event.

Read up on the latest celebrity trial, natural disaster, or scientific breakthroughs, and you'll always have something to say.

In line at the grocery store, you can always comment on the magazine cover stories.

4. Ask Questions

You're 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

you'll get the ball rolling to meeting a new friend.

5. Compliment, compliment, compliment – You should never do this if it's not sincere, but a compliment is always a great conversation starter.

Additionally, it starts the conversation on a positive note, so people are already responding positively to you.

Tell the waitress her shoes are great.

Compliment your neighbor's car,

Let a clerk know she's doing a great job.

The 5 steps to meet new people starts from the principal of being positive and warm.

People will be attracted to that.

About the Author:
 Sadie Peterson, San Diego, CA, USA
 sadie@aroundtownsandiego.org
 http://www.aroundtownsandiego.org
 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.

While you're in America's Finest City, go out and enjoy the San Diego nightlife and make new friends.

 

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