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Next Time When You Want To Make Friends With A Stranger, Try This Funny Trick

Next Time When You Want To Make Friends With A Stranger, Try This Funny Trick

Imagine how many hours you’ve spent sitting next to strangers on buses, trains and airplanes.Now, think back to the times when you’ve engaged in conversations with these strangers. It’s highly likely that you’ve only spoken to a tiny fraction of the thousands of people you’ve shared journeys with.

No wonder so many of us complain of loneliness and isolation. We’ve forgotten how to interact with people outside of our immediate colleagues, friends and family circles.

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It doesn’t have to be this way, however. Let’s take a look at a simple technique that you can use to engage with strangers.

Break the ice with this quirky conversation starter

So, picture the scene… You’re sitting next to someone interesting and friendly-looking in a train carriage. The journey to your destination is hours and hours away. You could choose to stare out the window, read a book, or perhaps fall asleep.

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But wait… Wouldn’t it be much more entertaining to start a conversation with your fellow traveler? Of course it would.

If you’re not comfortable with starting conversations with strangers (let’s face it, few of us are), then try this entertaining way to kick-start your social interaction:

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1. Once settled into your journey

2. Take out a notepad and pencil

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3. Then invite your co-traveler to play a game of tic-tac-toc!

This universally-known game is both fun and easy to play. Although you’re sure to take people by surprise when asking them to play against you – most people will be eager and enthusiastic to join you. And once you’ve played a few games of tic-tac-toe together, you’ll find yourself at ease with your competitor, and able to converse freely and confidently for the rest of your journey.

By using this simple, but unusual approach, you’ll be able to turn dull journeys into lively adventures. And most importantly, you’ll find that making friends can be easy and natural.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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