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|April Braswell • 9/25/14|
Where ever you go during your day, whether it is going shopping or going to the library, grabbing a bite to eat or riding the train, you are already surrounded by tons of other people. Take a look around you each day. You have potentially at least hundreds of people you could be meeting each day.
Some of them are your fellow seniors, and even some of those people are single just like you are. So what are you waiting for?
You might be nodding your head in agreement with me right now but you still have a question you want to ask, “Yes, I see them all, but what can I do to pick them up? I feel like I don’t know what to do. Help!”
You already know I recommend you aim to dress nicely whenever you go out. That way you always make a great first impression, whether it’s on a first date or meeting for the first time just by chance.
Break the ice. Whether you are retail shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or simply standing in line, you can always easily break the ice with those around you.
Get in the social habit of doing so all the time. That way when you see someone you would really like to meet, it’s already normal for you to converse comfortably with those people around you.
“When you follow these steps, you
will be meeting more people.”
First of all, before you get to the step of getting phone numbers, always come prepared by carrying a business or personal card with you at all times. Not everyone wants to bump smart phones and share their complete contact information with someone who is still a complete stranger.
Do you want them to have your full name, which would enable them to search out details about your whole life online? Keep your card in your pocket so it is super easy to quickly and fluidly hand it to someone you meet by chance to continue the connection afterward.
Otherwise, you sow a lot of social seed but never reap the socializing rewards of setting up dates.
After the two of you have chatted amicably with light touches of flirtation tossed in, male or female, you can close the conversation by uttering, “I’ve so enjoyed meeting you by accident here today. I’d love to continue it later sometime, perhaps over a coffee or for a date. Can I get your card?”
Then hand the other person your own card. If they don’t carry a card, get their phone number. Then by all means, do follow up, preferably later that same day.
To summarize your steps:
When you follow these steps, you will be meeting more people, picking up more peer singles and going on more dates! And wasn’t that the whole idea?