You might wonder if there’s a faster way to making new friends at music festivals… Well, the following tips will help you show who you are, find and make new friends and develop a more active social life while enjoying a nice ambient with your favorite music.
1.- Listen Carefully and Show Interest
You’ve probably come across someone who constantly interrupts others and doesn’t pay close attention. A week later, they’ve forgotten most of what you discussed. How genuine is this individual? It’s easy to see when people you are talking to are focused and listening with genuine interest. They won’t interrupt your flow of conversation and will ask questions about what you’ve just said. Responding and remembering important details are key.
2.- Show Who You Are
Conversations with someone who isn’t open can be just as bad as conversations with people who can’t listen attentively. People who remain closed don’t let you learn anything about them. They may listen closely to everything you say about yourself, but after several conversations, you find you still know nothing about them. Don’t let this happen in friendships – learn how to talk about yourself. At first, you may not wish to share every private detail of your life, but sometimes the simplest facts and stories can be very interesting to other people.
3.- Don’t Judge
You don’t have to love everyone, but being judgemental will give a negative first impression. Nobody wants a new friend who immediately criticizes, especially when they don’t know the background information. Be patient and hold your tongue if necessary.
4.- Avoid Neediness, Attention Seeking and Showing Off
Being open to making new friends when you first arrive in a new environment is an important skill. Try not to seem too desperate for friendship, as this can be a turn-off. Someone who needs to be the center of attention at all times will discover that this doesn’t make you popular with strangers. Take your time getting to know people.
5.- Everybody likes Humor
Women say humor is one of the most attractive features in a man, and are more likely to choose a partner who is funny. The same goes for friendships. Conversations are always more fun when you find something to laugh about. It’s a much better time to talk to somebody who has a great sense of humor than with someone who never laughs or takes life too seriously.
6.- Maintain Eye Contact and Open Body Language
Consider breaking the ice and looking someone in the eye. When asking a question, turn towards that person. You may find that your new friend will open up more quickly if you are empathetic and friendly.