I have a reputation among my friends as a bit of a socialising machine so I thought I’d share some of my tips for how to meet people. I remember days going out with my great friend Brendan in Brisbane to clubs, markets, festivals or even just to the shops and from what he tells me, he’d always know that we would meet new people due to my skills.

Whilst sitting in the Dome cafe in Scarborough on the beach this morning creating an advert for work, I was asked by Rachel, a lovely young blonde girl I’d just met, whether I found it difficult to meet people … hmmm… the irony.

So here are a few off the wall tips on how to meet people:

  • Realise that connection is a human need. If you’re human, then you want connection just like the rest of us. Although starting a conversation with that guy or girl sitting on their own may seem daunting, if the approach is appropriate you’ll both benefit from the interaction.
  • Being rejected is not personal. Just like an umbrella there are times we are more open than others. Realise that if someone doesn’t welcome to your introduction then either they may have something more important than you they need to focus on or that perhaps you need to adapt your approach; the latter issue is overcome with experience and strategy.
  • Focus on failing. If you welcome rejection, then you won’t be surprised when it happens. When I teach about meeting people, I get them to focus on being rejected at least 3 times per week; I’m sure you realise the implications of this, namely that you have to approach at least three people to satisfy this requirement.

I have plenty more useful tips around meeting new people but I have to head off to work now. If you’d like to know more, put a comment or let me know and I’ll dedicate some time to the topic.

P.S. I went to the Deep & Meaningful Conversation Meetup.com group last night in Perth and was very pleased to have some stimulating and interesting conversation; the topic was the Influence of the Media. If you want to meet new people, check out meetup.com and put some effort into getting along to groups you are interested in or start one yourself.

P.P.S. My friend Walter stumbled across a guy called David Wygant on Youtube.com the other day and he has some excellent tips for guys on how to be more genuine and have quality strategy for meeting women. For the sake of the women out there guys, get along and listen to what he has to say. Also, any women out there, I’d love your views on his material.

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