I wouldn’t mind placing a bet that, no matter where in the world you grew up, one of the first pieces of advice you were ever given was don’t talk to strangers.
A stranger. “A person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar.”
I’m not sure if that advice ever becomes null and void as you grow older. I just know that, in order to grow you networking sphere, you must absolutely talk to strangers!
The Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, said “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” And that is a better approach to networking! Only by talking to strangers can you develop new relationships!
How many strangers have you turned into friends this week?