Whether you’re new in town, new at work or just want to branch out and network, finding the right words and ways to start a conversation can be challenging. Where do you go? What do you do? What do you say?

You can go out by yourself and try to meet your best friend, sign up to an online dating service, or even go to the gym and make friends in the weight room. It may seem a bit uncomfortable, but it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. Here are a few tips to consider when trying to meet new people:


Join a group

Find a group that shares your same interests and become a regular. Strike up conversations with other members and suggest activities you may enjoy together outside of the club.


Strike up conversations

In line at the bank, at the grocery store or at a concert, start conversations with the people around you. The more people you talk to, the bigger your social network will become. Have conversation starters handy, and you’ll always be ready to kick off a conversation.


Find spaces online where you can meet new people

Meetup.com is a good place to start. Search through the various events in your city and find something that piques your interest.



There are many opportunities to volunteer in meaningful and interesting ways. Meeting other people who share ambitions about making the world a better place is a great way to find common ground for conversation.


Find a church or religious community

If you’re a spiritual person, churches or other religious communities are the perfect place to meet supportive, like-minded friends.

It can be a stressful and uncomfortable situation when you don’t know where to go or what to do. Be open-minded about new opportunities. Try coming out of your shell and introducing yourself to new people and see how you feel.

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