How to be more approachable when working in public

How to be more approachable when working in public

And making the most of it when it finally does happen! As a freelancer or professional busy person, it’s generally a good idea to go out once in a while and work amongst actual other human beings. Sure, maybe you do talk to your cactus and spend way too much time on Facebook chat, but it’s just not the same as real human interaction. You know, the kind where you have to move your face muscles to show a degree of animation. Remember the time you did this ‘;-S’ in real life? Yeah, neither do I. Let’s say you do go out to a public place and try to get some work done. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could actually do the one thing you can’t do while sitting at home? Interact! No, ordering your latte mocha Frappuccino doesn’t count as a conversation. Let’s look at some ways to be more approachable and connect to new people. If you’re wondering why you’d want to be bothered while working, there’s multiple reasons. First of all, networking is honestly never a bad thing. Not every person that approaches you is going to turn into a paying customer, but they could turn into someone that refers you to a paying customer. Or even better, you make a new friend over a mutual professional interest. Second, let’s say you get nothing out of it. Someone comes to you to ask for free professional advice. Ugh, don’t we all hate giving away freebies? Well, the glass is half full. In a public environment, others will actually see you being a nice person. Online or...