3 Ways To Connect With Anyone
Whether you are a global nomad or someone who likes the suburban life, you want to be able to connect with people and avoid those awkward long pauses after you greet someone. You know the ones where you are staring at each other and scrambling to utter something coherent only for it to come out as utter gibberish-okay maybe that's extreme- but the point remains that most people crave connection.
So how can you connect with people?
It's about finding common ground and here are three ways I do it:
Geography, Sports, and Pop Culture
When I was in 8th grade, my history and world affairs teacher Ms. McDonald decided that it was a good idea to have us learn all the countries, major cities, and major bodies of water in the world. On top of that, since I was in an American middle school I also needed to know all the states and capitals of the 50 states in the United States of America. It turns out her idea was a fantastic idea. When I meet someone new (and in NYC this happens almost daily), I ask them where they are from. Once they tell me where they are from, I usually follow up with a
"is that near..." Or "I've been there" (if I have been there).
This almost always causes them to crack an incredulous smile as if to say "wow not many people know that"
SCORE! As you can imagine, the conversation usually flows better from then on. Take the time to know your surroundings and the world around you.
The next category is Sports