One of the most difficult parts of any relationship is the beginning. The part that most people have difficulty with is often called “Breaking the Ice.” Why is it called that? Simple, imagine that you want to go fishing in Alaska in winter. What is the first thing that you would have to do to get to the ‘fish’? The answer is that you would have to make a hole in the ice, or break a part of the ice. That will give you access to the water underneath and then you’ll be able to fish all you want.
Relationships with humans are much the same. When two people first meet, they are sizing each other up, but there is almost like an invisible wall between them. You can call it, an invisible sheet of ice. That sheet of ice ought to be broken for the two people to start communicating on a personal and profound level. And that’s when real relationships can begin to form and thrive.
So how do you about doing this? What are the simplest methods to ‘break the ice’ especially while traveling as a student? Here are some tips that will help any student who wants to make friendships and lasting relationships while on their travels, either in Toronto Canada or Chicago Illinois. It works regardless of the location that you are going to.
1. Be friendly and reach out to others
That’s is probably one of the most important factors in forming quick relationships. People will not seek out someone who is deemed unfriendly. You ought to be as friendly as you can, even to though you do not know.
2. Smile When Meeting Strangers
A smile has a lot of power. People often underestimate the power of a smile. But you should not, because smiling at someone you just met can make a difference in the first impression that people will get about you.
3. Go out and have fun
If you stay in your dorm or hotel, you are bound not to meet many people. It ‘s hard to meet people and break the ice if you’re not meeting new people to start with. You must go out and enjoy yourself in the company of others. That is the starting point of meeting others and forming these great new relationships that you are seeking.
4. Be personable and Caring
Finally, when you respond to new people, try to do what you can to break the ice with being personable. People will always appreciate someone who is personable and who comes across as caring. Look at your friends right now and try to determine what are some of the characteristics that you love about them, then try to embody these characteristics in yourself. Chances are, people will love you for it just as much as you love your friends.
Finally, remember to take contact information from everyone that you meet during your travels. Things such as Facebook and email address make communication very easy nowadays. So don’t be shy, and remember always to have fun.