With so much of our lives spent working, it’s easy to forget to interact with others— whether it be through social events, hobbies, or other activities that truly enrich our lives.
I recently tried out some apps that encourage real, offline face-time, allowing you to meet new people, catch up with those you have things in common with, and even discover opportunities that will benefit you professionally. Here are some of my new favorite ways to get off the internet and out socializing:
Here are some of my new favorite ways to get off the Internet and out socializing:
Meetup connects me with people, who share the same interests as I do. It shows upcoming events and activities in my area or an area I’m traveling to, so I can meet with others who are interested in the same event. It’s not only a fun way to meet new people, but it provides you with instant conversation material to build up social skills and relationships in a much more comfortable way. Meetup also encourages business networking by allowing you to create and promote professional networking events.
2. Time to Enjoy
I’m often so busy with work and traveling, that I forget to take the time to schedule social events. Time to Enjoy prevents me from missing out on some great social experiences by comparing my work schedule and calendar with events that are coming up. This way, I won’t miss out on events that will get me out of the house (or the hotel), and I can meet new people or old friends despite my hectic work schedule.
GoTribe is both an online and offline community designed to make fitness and wellness a social event and a fun lifestyle. Now in use in over nine countries and 12 states, the app connects you with “workout buddies,” so you can provide each other with encouragement and come together in person to get in shape. I use this to help me balance work with my physical health and find other like-minded individuals to go exercise with when I’m on a business trip.
This app is great for foodies. With Supper Club, you can set up a group outing to a new restaurant or host a social dinner party at a nearby eatery. The app also hosts its own events that you can attend in various cities around the country. I’ve used it to organize dinners for my employees, special occasions, and even client meetings.