5 Ways to Be Social
In a world filled with text messages, emails, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online social media it’s easy to forget to put down the electronic equipment and enjoy the company of others. If you’re single you may be looking for unique ways to meet people. Business owners need ways to expand professional networks. Finding time in our hectic schedules to socialize can be difficult, but it’s important to our health and well being.
Studies show that social relationships can help prevent depression and certain diseases. Meeting new people can sometimes by uncomfortable. Whether you’re looking to meet the love of your life, new friends or add to your network of professional contacts there are some low-risk, effective ways to put yourself out there.
Join a Social Club
Social clubs are located throughout the country. Far from being dating services, these clubs schedule events for like-minded participants to enjoy and share with one another. Events and Adventures is a social club that has several U.S. locations. Their website states that they host 30-50 events each month. Members can enjoy rafting, hiking, horseback riding, sporting events and much more. They also schedule group trips to several major U.S. cities, as well as trips abroad.
Take a Class
Most community colleges offer adult education courses at night and on weekends to accommodate busy work schedules. Taking a class will almost guarantee you’ll meet people with similar interests as yourself. Consider enrolling in cooking, crafts, photography, computer basics or any number of other classes.
Teach a Class
Do you have a unique talent or skill? Why not teach a class at a local community college, community workshop, recreation center or even in your home? It’s best to teach in an informal environment since you won’t want to be in the position of having to give grades to people you’re attempting to socialize with.
Hospitals, schools, charities and non-profit organizations are always in need of volunteers. Giving your time or sharing a skill gets you out of the house and gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Volunteering provides the chance to meet new people, boost self-esteem, share skills and expertise and give back to the community.
Start a Facebook Meet Up Page
Facebook allows you create professional looking pages easily. Set up a meet up page as a place for your local Facebook friends to visit, discuss local events and make meeting plans. Remember to update content on your page frequently to keep visitors informed and involved. Don’t just interact online. The whole point is to get out and meet people in person. Make a point to set up events and follow through with them.
Whether you’re new to an area, recently single or looking for new business contacts, it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Once you’re comfortable meeting in groups, couples activities will seem much less intimidating.