Do you talk to strangers? Unfortunately one of the side effects of parents telling their kids not to talk to strangers lingers when they are adults and need to make connections for their business. Apparently I was not paying attention when Mom was dishing out this advice, because I love to talk to strangers.
Here's some ideas for making it easier for you.
1) Smile. People are naturally attracted to people who smile at them and it eases the way into a conversation.
2) Be approachable. If you are in a hostile, hurried or anxious state of mind, people avoid you. When you want to connect with people, be calm and centered.
3) Be friendly. If you are standing in a line at the store or someone asks you a question about how to find something, jump in start a conversation or provide some helpful advice. Some of my best conversations have been with strangers. Remember a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet!