When you're new in a big city, everyone says you should join a local group or club to meet new people -- but this is easier said than done. Here's a quick tip to make that a bit simpler.
Finding a local Meetup or other interest group is a good idea, but if you're having trouble getting to know people -- if you're particularly shy, for instance -- this can help. After finding a compatible group, offer to help host a welcome table or otherwise help out. This gives you a built-in excuse to meet the guests, not to mention it will get you the appreciation of the group leaders.
In this scenario, others guests will introduce themselves to you when they check in and will start the conversation for you. Members of the group will see you in a positive light for volunteering your time. The bonus feature of this tip is you'll view the guest list and can more easily remember names.
If you are too shy to go up to someone and introduce yourself (like I am), this can help you meet more people. I've volunteered at a check-in desk for just this reason.
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