Did you know that **"not having enough friends is the same risk factor as smoking 15 cigarettes a day?"** I did not. This article is about how to make new connections and friends for networking purposes.
Reach out to old friends
"Reaching out to old friends is an effective way to make connections, and you already know these people so it's not hard," says Barker. "Those people can introduce you to more people."
Make friends at work
Coworkers are a great source of new friendships, says Barker. You already spend a lot of time together and are in close proximity. Just like when you were in school, you can build relationships at the office lunch table. Look for people who sit at the larger tables....It also pays to hang out at the office water cooler. One study shows that 70% to 90% of office gossip tends to be true, and knowing what's going on helps you stay connected and get ahead, says Barker.
Listen and find similarities
When you have conversations with new people, leverage this fact by highlighting similarities. "You don't want to be sneaky and create similarities, but when you're talking to someone, get to know them and highlight connections in a way that's genuine and authentic," says Barker.
Join a group
Groups are organized around a shared hobby or passion, which plays into the power of similarity. And there are benefits for widening your circle. Your close friends are likely to live in your area, hear about the same things, and know of the same opportunities. Tapping into weaker ties will help you hear about things you wouldn't hear about otherwise, says Barker.
Keep your friends
Making and keeping friends takes time, and the best way to follow through is to put it on your calendar, says Barker..
I believe that this article states some pretty obvious things about making friends. Still, I found there were some good nuggets of information in this article.
How do you make friends? Is there any tactics that you use to make and keep friends? When people try to be your friend, what do they do that annoys you?