Everybody knows that first impressions count and there is no best way to find friends. Making new friends can be intimidating, but it’s definitely rewarding. Friends form a big part of our life for most of us. They are the ones who walk through life together, share our ups and downs, and pains and joys.
There are many interest groups and sites, such as groups for entrepreneurs, local singles, aspiring authors, vegetarians, board-game lovers, cycling enthusiasts, etc. Pick out your interests and join those groups. Meetups are usually monthly depending on the group itself. Great way to meet a lot of new people quickly and find friends.
The first step is to develop a healthy mental image of the process meet new people. Some of us see as a scary event to meet new people. We are concerned about making a good impression, whether the other person will like us, how to keep the conversation going, and so on. The more we think about it, the scarier it seems. This initial apprehension develops into a mental fear, which takes a life of its own and unknowingly blocks us from making new friends. Shyness toward others is actually a result of fear.
Actually, all these fears are just in our head. If you think about it, 99% of people are too busy being concerned about these very things themselves to pay attention to you. While you’re worried about the impression you make, they are worried about the impression they will make. Truth be told, they are just as scared as you are. The remaining 1% are people who recognize that a relationship is built on way stronger values than specific words or things said/done during just one encounter.