The Best Ways to Network and Meet New People
For a lot of shy people or introverts, meeting new people or building a formidable network of friends and acquaintances is always a chore. If you’re one of these people, one thing you have to note is that even though it’s okay to keep you inner circle small, you still need a wide outer circle. You need to come out of your shell once in a while and meet new people. This doesn’t have to be a tedious or strenuous task, and there are many easy ways in which you can do this.
Meet new people on social media: This is one of the easiest methods of making new friends, as you can meet new people from the comfort of your home through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This is a very risky method, so you have to be sure about the background of the people you’re making friends with.
Get in touch with old high school classmates: It’s very normal to get out of touch with almost all your high school friends, for a number of reasons. By reaching out to them again after years apart, you can rekindle your friendship and add them to your network of contacts.
Is someone all over your Instagram posts? Are they succeeding in an area that you'd like to get into? Reach out! Proceed with caution, but perhaps you could connect and make a real, mutually beneficial relationship.
At cafes and bars: When you go out for a drink at your favorite bar or coffee shop, you can always start a conversation with someone you’ve been seeing there regularly, or even a new face. If all goes well and you both keep in touch, they will become a new friend.
Start a conversation on the subway: You can also ignite an intelligent conversation with a like-minded person on the subway. Proceed to exchange contact information, and build a solid relationship from there.
You can also join book clubs, attend karaoke nights or spoken word recitations, or by becoming friends with your friends’ friends. Also make sure not to neglect the people who are already in our life in a quest to meet new people. Before you know it, you’ll have a strong circle of friends as well as network of contacts.