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As I start to feel the effects of colder weather keeping me indoors more often (though it is time I start that outdoor exercise regimen again), I've been looking for ways in which to meet new people and stretch my relatively small local network.
You know the feeling -- you're a bit isolated at home with no coworkers (beyond your email chums). While that has many advantages (lack of office politics), it can be a little too solitary. Here are some ways to meet new people:
Meetup.com Want to join a pickleball club? How about a book group? If you can dream it up, there's a group for you. Locally. You can search within the parameters you define -- how about a roller coaster riding club within 20 miles of where you are? If it doesn't exist, you can create it.
Writer forums. Yes, I run the 5 Buck Forum with Anne Wayman. I love it, and you may, too. But any writer forum or group you join online should speak to your needs. What do you want out of a group? What don't you need? What do you expect for your money? Know before signing up if the group's offerings align with what you hope to get out of the experience.
Online courses. Make sure the courses you join appeal to you first, and also check out the level of interaction you'll receive. Join the forums. Discuss. Offer to meet other students who are local for some offline discussion.
Volunteer opportunities. Local colleges, charitable groups, and more are looking for help. By donating your time or talent, you can meet new people while doing some good in your community.
Lectures. My alma mater hosts regular events, including lectures. It's a great way to mingle with like-minded folks while learning something new.
Coffee shops. Why not meet people while you work? Set up shop once every few weeks in the local coffee shop. Soon you'll not only know the regulars -- you'll be one.
How do you connect with others?