With so much chat going on about dating apps, I thought I’d switch things up and talk about meeting people offline. Here are a few tips from our guest contributor Kendra, founder at Clic Chat.
If you are single and ready to mingle, meeting new people can be a little daunting. We tend to fall into patterns to help us through the day. And so, you can see how it would be a little hard meeting new people. Here are a few everyday places you could meet more matches.
Supermarket or Cafe
Think about how many people you cross paths with as you go about your daily life. There are opportunities everywhere to meet the person of your dreams. Keep an open mind and take a look around. It might be the man picking up a loaf of bread or the woman enjoying a coffee and a book. The beauty of love is that it can happen anywhere and anytime; you just need to be ready to embrace it.
30everafter tip: Get off your phone so you don’t miss out the cute guy or girl walking past you
Local events & meet ups
Oddly enough, there are some local events and meet ups organised specifically for singles. It may be a block party, mixology, game-fest or even hiking! These meet ups are a great way to meet potential dates. Plus, you get a preview of what you’re getting into. Worried about sharing your private contact details? Try using ClicChat’s contact cards. They are a great way to keep the conversation going online while keeping safe.
Classes: Work out, Yoga / Cooking
Yup, classes. Remember that vibe you had back in high school or even Uni, where there was one person you wanted to talk to or you wish you spoke with. Well, now you can. It could be yoga classes, work out classes or even a cooking class. It is a great place to get to meet and maybe even get to know someone. Plus, you both already share an interest.
Ah, public transport. I’m sure we all have a few stories of some bright and wonderful people we’ve encountered on the commute to work or the trip interstate. It’s common to keep your earphones in and your head down but what if you took a look around? If a catch like you is there, couldn’t that mean another is there too? At the very least, striking up a conversation may make the journey seem quicker. Uncomfortable about starting a conversation with a stranger? Hand over your ClicChat card and put the ball in his or her court.
One of the most reliable ways to meet people can be through someone you know and trust. It’s like having a referral. You can also tell a lot about someone by the friends they have, so if your friend can recommend this person then you are off to a good start. If it doesn’t work out romantically then at the very least you might be able to add this person to your own social circle – and potentially even meet someone else through him/her.
Clubs & bars
It may seem cliché but it is only cliché because it works. Try going out with single friends if you need encouragement or a confidence builder. If in the end you meet no one new, at least you had a fun night! Don’t think about it too much though, just let your hair down and enjoy yourself. You never know who you might meet on the dance floor.
Most importantly, stay open and remember to look around! If you’re feeling shy, you always have your ClicChat cards to take the conversation online with the safety of keeping your personal details private.
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Iona is a Wellness Coach specialising in relationships and dating. She works with single women to write their own love stories.