As an introvert, your instincts don't push you to be more social, they instead push you to do your own things, by yourself. At the same time, you still crave face-to-face social interactions, and you would love to spend your weekend nights in great company.
Introverts love to be social, but not too much, not too little, just right. If that's what you want, then read on to discover 4 of my best strategies that will get you ready to start living a great social life.
To optimize your time, as you're making new friends, I'd like to introduce you to a friendship dynamic that will help you make sense of why some people just click and become friends, and other don't.
Before you start looking for new friends, get clear on whether you want close or casual friends. Once you know that, you have to understand that other people may or may not have the time and energy required to maintain a close and meaningful friendship.
Some people have a small circle of close friends and a wider circle of casual friendships, some only have casual friends, and others only have close friends. When you meet new people, expect them to act according to their current friendship life: if they have enough close friends already, then they'll only be open to casual friendships.
Set Weekly and Monthly Social Rituals
As we said at the start, your instincts won't push you to socialize unless you're very lonely. That's why you need to set up your life in a way that it has a social component. You need to put regular systems that will make sure you remember to do your socializing.
I suggest that you start by setting a weekly reminder in your calendar that reminds you to take one hour of your time and follow up, email, text, and call whoever you want to stay in touch with, or whoever you have something to say to. This makes sure that you don't neglect people and cause them to just forget about you.
With that, you can subscribe to one or two interest groups that hold monthly meetings and commit to always showing up for the events. You can also take it to the next level by joining the organizing team, and become strongly involved. This will make sure that every month, you get to meet new people.
These kinds of regular commitments will bring you peace of mind because you realize realizing that, for the rest of the time, you can enjoy your solitary activities without feeling guilty about it. They also get you the friends you want in a semi-automatic way, as long as you stick to your rituals, you don't have to worry about it.
Focus On Groups Of Friends, Not Just Individual Friends
Another trick you can use to be more social, is leveraging the group-effect. When you only have individual friends, you still have to do all the work of following up, making plans, and inviting people. But when you make friends, introduce them to each other and form groups of friends, it's a different world.
Within a group of friends, everyone makes plans, not just you. Everyone also talks and texts everyone, so you don't have to contact everybody to make something happen. And you don't get to feel desperate because your friends will seek out the group to go out and be social on the weekends, automatically.
To benefit from the group-effect, make sure that you introduce your new friends to each other, every single time.
Reach Your Socializing Sweet-Spot
If you want to learn more techniques for balancing me-time and socializing-time, then I recommend that you get on my Free Social Skills Newsletter.
In it, I will show you the best techniques and strategies for meeting and making friends. I'll also share with you new tips for having amazing conversations, that instantly make people want to get to know you.
See you there.
– Paul Sanders