Why you should talk to strangers
Talking to strangers. Sounds weird, right ?
Growing up our parents always told us the classic line – “never talk to strangers”.
Without a doubt, it was for our safety, but we are now grown up. So, are our parents still right ?
Well no, this is great advice for a 5-year-old, it’s terrible advice for adults. As humans we crave for connections with others, it’s part of our nature, so here are the reasons why you should talk to strangers.
Get over your fear of rejection
Let’s face it, we all have a fear of rejection.
One of the best ways to combat this fear is to repeatedly push through it.
After all, great things come to those who are willing to risk it. Whilst the fear may never fully go away, keep pushing and it will feel more natural.
You will realise that simply getting yourself more out there will open multiple doors – give it a go for a week and see what happens.
Improve your small talk
Shying away from small talk may make it difficult to connect with people. Even if you are meant for each other – you can’t skip the small stuff and go to the big.
Whether we like it or not, small talk is a big part of social interaction. Small talk is the grease that spins the chain/wheels of conversation.
Starting slow is a good way to build a steady foundation for eventually getting to know that someone ! Be quirky, be positive and be you. Fortunately, it gets easier with a bit of practice – your small talk will be slick in no time.
Become a better listener
Talking to strangers allows you to improve two important skills: asking questions and listening.
Ask the right questions and a whole new world can open up. Remember, it isn’t all about you.
Everyone has a story, listen wholeheartedly and honestly – you could end up making someone’s day.
There’s a lot to learn from other people’s stories, they can bring a fresh perspective and maybe even change your view on something.
Chances are some of their experience could also help you out, you would never know unless you actually listen.
It’s up to you to be proactive and open your own doors.
It’s a great feeling to know that you can potentially create a conversation with anyone. Give it a go and you might find yourself starting a conversation with your future best friend (or even more).
Once you step outside of your comfort zone and start talking to strangers you will find yourself building an empowering mindset.
Besides being more connected, you will find yourself feeling happier knowing that you have the power to talk to anyone !
People are happy to talk
Nowadays it seems like the whole world is on their mobile phone.
Believe it or not most people are actually friendly and more than happy to engage in a conversation.
Talk to new people and you will learn new things, just remember to have your small talk ready.