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While there are countless upsides to working from home, there’s one consistent challenge — and it’s a serious one.
“Marie, I’m lonely! The isolation of remote work is wearing on me. How do I get out there and meet new people?”
Whether you’re a super busy entrepreneur or feel shy and introverted, social connections and community are crucial to your well-being. Yet many of us fall short in this department. In fact, social isolation is a growing epidemic.
Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20% to 40%. The physical, mental and emotional consequences are serious. Some research indicates that loneliness might be as much of health risk as smoking.Nothing gets attention like giving attention. Click To Tweet
But forging new friendships can be hard, especially as an adult. Even more so if you’ve become more comfortable interacting with people online than ‘in real life.’
So what’s the fix? Do we need to memorize a bunch of icebreakers? Practice how to start conversations? What are the exact steps for how to get out there, meet more people and make new friends as an adult — without feeling wildly insecure and awkward?
Thankfully this challenge, like everything else, is 100% figureoutable.
In this episode, you’ll get 3 practical and easy-to-implement strategies to meet new people and make new friends, including a dead simple tactic that practically guarantees people will be interested in you.
As promised, here are other related episodes:
- Networking For Introverts with Bestselling Author, Susan Cain
- How to Network Without Being Fakey Pants
- 8 Tips To Overcome Loneliness When You Work from Home
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
What steps have helped you get out there and make new friends? Anything else you’d like to share about how to start a conversation, or great icebreakers to use?
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