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How to Turn Strangers into Friends

Apr 26, 2022 | Uncategorized

How to turn strangers into friends!

Never feel uncomfortable again meeting new people

Most of us find the prospect of walking into a room full of strangers daunting.

Instead of thinking,


“Who will I have to talk to tonight?” say to yourself,

“I wonder who I’m going to get to meet tonight.”


There’s a phrase I like to use:

“The roof is an introduction”, which means that if you’re in the same place, you always have something in common. Remember that most people in any room feel uncomfortable. If we can be aware of that, and think,

“What can I do to make other people feel comfortable with me?” that’s not just a great strategy for socializing – it’s kindness.
I often borrow stories. If I’m not a dog person, and if someone else wants to talk about dogs, that’s fine. I just mention something my friend Jim told me about his dogs. I don’t pretend it’s my story, but just mentioning that I have a friend who loves dogs helps us to relate.

Remember that most people in any room feel uncomfortable


The number one question people ask me is, “How do I exit a conversation?
And it’s a good point: you’re not there to monopolise one person all night long. If the other person is getting a little squirmy, they’re ready to move on.

Interrupt yourself, not them:

“It’s been so nice talking to you. I so enjoyed talking about…” and there you can let them know you’ve been listening to what they’re saying.


A simple way to feel comfortable meeting new people.
Many times we are not sure how to open a conversation so we avoid one. Have you ever felt awkward in social situations, networking events?
This is a great way to warm up to others.

This is a simple method that I have used for years and I have made many new friends this way.


Start with a warm, firm, friendly greeting and a smile. Firm but never squeeze a handshake too hard. Make it about them not you.


Treat them like a you would if they were a guest in your home.


We want to make a new friend… not sell.

The difference is selling serves a relationship and friendship builds a relationship. Involvement is where bonding begins.


This works well in many social functions as well.


Think of the acronym FORM

“Always in good F.O.R.M.”

Message (what is important to them)

Ice Breakers
Do you live nearby? Do you have family in the area?
Are you originally from _____? How long have you lived here?
What do you like the most about ____?
How did you get started in the ____ business?
What do you like most about your profession?
What is the strangest or funniest thing you have seen?
What is a good referral for you?
Do you have a business card? 
Recreation- Golf etc.
What do you like to do? Any hobbies Spare
Message- Say positive things about the group and brag about OTHERS

Good Questions…. (business networking)


1. How did you get started in the ____ business?

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do? …


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