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Fun Ways of Meeting Interesting People

Updated on February 28, 2013

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"Woe is me! I can't seem to find anyone I'm willing to spend time with! What am I to do? Where can I meet other fascinating, captivating people such as myself?"

Well, quit your bellyaching and get off the sofa, because it’s possible to meet interesting people anywhere… you just need to open yourself up to it. Here’s where to go to meet people as you cool as you are.

Try playing volleyball in a league, or if you prefer something more casual, set up a pickup game.
Try playing volleyball in a league, or if you prefer something more casual, set up a pickup game. | Source

Community Services / Adult Recreation and Enrichment

  • Lots of neighborhoods have adult enrichment courses (at least you know you have one interest in common). Many communities offer classes in photography, drawing, music, cooking, acting, or learning languages… in addition to more specialized learning like boating, digital art, wine appreciation, or voiceovers/voice acting.
  • Or get physical with recreational activities like karate, archery, or a golf workshop. Try joining a sports league if you enjoy softball, bowling, basketball, or volleyball.
  • Contact your local library! Libraries typically offer reading groups, needlepoint/ knitting/ crocheting groups, historical talks or presentations, and sometimes even movie nights.
  • Join a community theater group and act, assist with costuming, or be a stagehand. I've done this and it was a lot of fun.

Walking the dogs can be lots of fun when you're doing it with other people.
Walking the dogs can be lots of fun when you're doing it with other people. | Source

Consider the Cost

Some of these courses, groups, and events will not be free. If you are under financial constraints, avoid costly activities and begin at the easiest place… the library!

Meetups

With over 13 million members and 363,000 monthly meetups in 196 countries and growing, on meetup. com the odds are high that you will find someone you’d like to spend more time with. Stay local or branch out a little further. I’ve gone about an hour away from my home and I’ve actually made some cool friends. Bring someone with you if you feel apprehensive about going alone. Remember, the more the merrier in this kind of situation! Sometimes after an activity the group will go out for drinks or a bite to eat, so you could always make a connection there too.

Consider:

The author, playing bongo drums at a drum circle meetup in 2010
The author, playing bongo drums at a drum circle meetup in 2010 | Source
  • Niche groups like gaming, dancing, or writing. These are some of my favorite things and I have made friends “in real life” through all three groups, but choose your particular favorites.
  • Practical groups like Mommy and Me, sewing, or dog walking.
  • If you like athletics, try a running meetup, hiking, biking, tennis, yoga, or Zumba.
  • Why not try something you’ve always wanted to try, but never did… like drumming, laser tag, or meditation?
  • In the unlikely event that you can’t find a single thing you find appealing, take matters into your own hands and organize your own meetup. So you like train collecting with an emphasis on designing intricate forests? Or maybe you prefer urban spelunking. There are other people with that same interest, and some are bound to be local.

Online

If you are content with friendships that do not require face time in person, look no further than your computer. Write a blog or participate in forums focusing on your favorite topics. Show off your knowledge, hone your writing skills, and make friends in the meantime.

Through Your Existing, Interesting Friends

Don’t overlook your existing friends! If you are feeling that you’d like to add a few to your crew, choose your most thought-provoking or engaging friends and ask them for a li’l help. They can make suggestions or set you up with someone they know who has similar interests.

Alternatively, when someone asks you to a party, don’t blow off the invitation. Take that opportunity to practice your social skills and maybe you’ll hit it off with someone new.

You never know with whom you'll have something in common.
You never know with whom you'll have something in common. | Source

Unusual or Local One-Off Events

  • Galleries and openings. New restaurants, clubs, or art galleries open fairly often, so take advantage of the chance to meet someone fun and interesting there.
  • Competitions or contests. Marathons, photography, bodybuilding, oratorical, and talent contests abound.
  • Store classes. Large craft stores like A.C. Moore or Michael’s and smaller beading stores alike offer classes to learn how to use their products, and sometimes they are even free! Many other types of vendors also offer classes or get-togethers, like book signings or instrument use.
  • Join a foundation or perform charity work. Contact an organization close to your heart and help them out with some of your time.

Things to Remember About Meeting New People

Be the person other people will want to hang out with. In order to be approachable you will have to give off a positive vibe whether in person or online. So,

This guy's breath is going to be fine.
This guy's breath is going to be fine. | Source
  • Share a confident smile when talking to others, and let people finish what they are saying. If you are face to face, leave enough personal space between you and them.
  • Dress nicely. Wearing unkempt clothing and looking like you just woke up might be ok for college kids, but in the real world that is just not acceptable.
  • Smell good. You do not have to wear cologne, but do shower and brush your teeth. Close talkers are bad enough, but close talkers with rancid breath take being uncomfortable to a whole new level.
  • Once you hit it off with those interesting people, you will probably want to spend some time with them doing things you both enjoy. So set up a friend date and go somewhere fun.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, torrilynn and nice to see you again. I agree, class is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are away at school.

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      theclevercat,

      i've always tried to find ways to make more friends

      after reading your hub i've find some new ways to

      introduce myself to others. i think that one of the best ways

      to meet new people is whenever you are in class.

      thanks and voted up

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you, Shrouds! Yes, I did note that in the hub -- I personally love the library and I believe it is a undervalued resource. Thanks for the comment!

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      Shrouds 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I agree with you in some suggestion but for me I think others also agree with me that library is the first place to turn to when you have extra time compared to others which might has some cost to get involve.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh! Web923, thank you! (I must have overlooked that.) I will update tonight with a fine-toothed comb. Meanwhile, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks again! :-)

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      Bill Blackburn 5 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Hi Clevercat, This is a great Hub with great ideas and very interesting and useful to those seeking companionship. I enjoyed reading it and voted up. Having said that let me humbly offer to point out a possible missing word under the paragraph "Meetups" It reads: "the odds are high that you will ???? someone you’d like to spend more time with." FYI and forgive my indulgence. :-)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks a lot, shin_rock04! I really appreciate it. :)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, europewalker! I hope it all works out well for you two. Let me know which venue works the best for you, personally! Thanks for reading. :)

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      shin_rocka04 5 years ago from Maryland

      These are definitely a few good tips to help push yourself out there and meet new people. Sharing and voting up.

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      Great tips. I may be moving to another city soon if my husband is hired for a new position. I will definitely need to meet new people:)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome! Thanks again, Lizam1!

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Please feel free to add Choir - maybe point out the choice between church and secular choirs that meet up too.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lizam1, thanks! Joining a choir is a great idea! I was part of a choir myself in 2011... I can't believe I didn't think of that. Do you mind if I add that once this hub gets featured? :)

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      What a great topic! Moving from Canada from the UK and becoming a solo parent meant it did take a few years to build up good relationships outside of other parents whom I met through my daughters school. You have some great tips here for newcomers which can include a range of ages. Joining a choir is another one to add. Voted up and useful.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, Alecia! Making friends after moving is definitely tough, and making them in college was no easier. It really does take a push to get going, but I've found that as I get a little older I'm willing to take more (safe!) risks in meeting different people. Thanks so much for the comment and stopping by. :)

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      As someone who's recently moved I know how this can be. But I don't think anything can top college when it was the first time I was a complete fish out of water. But thankfully at college, it was easier to mingle since I wasn't the only one who was new. However, no matter what stage you are in life- it always takes a push to get out there and make new friends. Thanks for sharing these hints.

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