Meeting New People
How to meet new people. You can meet new people by agreeing to go out with friends when they invite you to hang out, being involved in activities, volunteering, or by joining a club or sports team.
Tips for meeting someone for the first time
- Deal with your nerves. Building your self-esteem and confidence can help reduce shyness in some situations. It may also be helpful
to learn to challenge your negative self-talk. (See the Challenging negative self-talk fact sheet for
more on this.)
- Smile, keep eye contact and be friendly. You’re more likely to be friendly to someone who smiles at you, so try smiling at others
and see what happens.
- Prepare conversation topics. It helps to pick a topic that you’ll feel confident talking about and will likely be of interest to others.
- Be yourself. When you come across as relaxed and confident, it’s likely that the person you’re meeting will also feel relaxed and comfortable chatting with you.
Meeting people online. It’s important to remember that the Internet can be dangerous for teens and young adults. You never know when someone could be lying to you about their identity or intentions. Keep in mind these few simple tips to stay safe online:
- On social networking sites such as Instagram and Facebook, keep your profile private and only friend people you know.
- Never give out personal details like your home address, phone number, school or workplace to anybody you’ve met online. Don’t post
these details on a public space where it could be seen by people you don’t know.
- If you are being bullied online by people you meet in a chat room or on a website, tell someone you trust about it. For more information check out the Cyber bullying and Safe online chat fact sheets.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.