Keep your conversations fairly organic. Don’t come in with “canned material”, “nuclear attraction” routines, or other social robotics … What you say isn’t nearly as important as how you say it. Socialising is about exchanging energy, not being a wordsmith. When in doubt, just say “Hi”. If you’ve never done this before, you may get brushed off several, even dozens of times until you get really comfortable being yourself in front of other people.
As someone who used to try and get different strangers to start talking for my every-day job, I found that experience, practice, and, yeah, a bit of a cynical shell against the typical brush-off were the best predictors of how things would go. But pre-supposing that someone was going to clam up or walk off never helped at all—and it’s worth remembering that, even in hard times or tough situations, some people are secretly eager to tell a story or just share a moment.
What’s your best advice for someone who wants to talk with more, and different, people every day? Photo by dreamsjung.