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11 Types Of Friends You Will Have In Your Lifetime

11 Types Of Friends You Will Have In Your Lifetime

You will have many types of friends in your lifetime. Each will make an impression and in some unique way move you along your path towards your future. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people will flow through your daily life, some quickly, like a gust of wind, and others hold on, like pillars of strength. Each one of these people will make an impression. Here are the 11 types of friends you will have in your lifetime, broken down in easy to remember titles.

The Gopher

You may not admit it, but we all have them. These are the friends who do much more for us than we do for them. They are the “Go-Fers.” They get you coffee, they bring your breakfast, they watch your kids when you can’t get a baby-sitter. They show their friendship by doing things for you.

The Eclipse

This is a flash in the pan, beautiful, but ultimately gone before you know it. An eclipse happens only every few years and you’ll remember him or her forever because he or she was so perfect. But ultimately, like this friendship, he or she is gone too soon, leaving only a memory in the wake.

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The Coin Flip

Sure they are flaky, but when you do hang out with them, they are a ton of fun. They will cancel on you. They will no-call, no-show. They will leave when a better offer comes around. But when they are around, life is more interesting.

The Shoulder

Sometimes you need a shoulder to cry on, and this friend is perfect. You can complain about your job, relationship, or just a bad day and they will listen. They give advice, pat you on the shoulder, and then tell you their troubles. This often isn’t your best friend, or really even a close friend (because those are often the people you are complaining about!), but they are a great sounding board.

The Skipper

The skipper is the friend who makes everything happen. They are the captain of the crew and make sure everyone gets to wherever they are going. In the olden days, before cell phones, these friends were the most important, as they had the phone numbers memorized and their house was usually the hub. While the cell phone has removed some of their responsibility, the skipper still makes the final decisions on when and where.

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The Experiment

These are the friends who make no sense from the outside, and often seem pretty strange in hindsight. These are the “phase” friends. Whether it’s when you went Emo in high school or crazy in college, these friends were the one’s who spent time with you at your most rebellious moments.

The Flames

While similar to the eclipse, these stay around a little longer. Flames burn bright, but ultimately “flame out.” The majority of the exes go here, as well as those great friends from the past that ended with a blow-up. These are the friends who often shape you the most.

The Bestie

Some will go through many besties, others will keep one from diapers to diapers, but the bestie is there for the long run. These friends are the ones you remember when telling stories and who shaped your life into what it is today. They are the friends you’ll never forget.

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The Lego

These are the friends of your youth, who you love dearly, but who you ultimately out-grow. You will always view them fondly and the conquests of your youth, just like the size of the Lego castle, grow with time and age.

The Fam

Sometimes your friends are given to you at birth. Siblings, cousins, family friends. These are the friends who will be with you no matter what. These are your friends whether you like it or not.

The One

There may be many “The Ones,” but these are the ying to your yang. The jelly to your peanut butter. The star to your sky. They make life worth living. The One is who you will spend the rest of your life with, your soul-mate, your true love.

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Are there more types of friends that I’ve missed? Do you have friends that fit in each group? Tell us in the comment section below!

Featured photo credit: photography.andreas via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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