Thursday December 12, 2013
One of our readers asked for advice on how to respond to an old friend that contacted her. The friend was from college, and they'd had some rocky times and then spend twenty years apart. The friend tried a couple times to communicate with no response. Now, the old friend has sent an email asking to reconnect.
There comes a time when you've moved past an old friendship and just want to leave things in the past. This particular friend spent years wondering what happened. Aren't those always the most difficult friendships to understand? She finally gave herself permission to move on, and when she did now the old friend sends this email. What should she do? Here's my advice.
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Wednesday December 11, 2013
One of the most common questions I get asked from people is how to go about starting up a new friendship. There is nothing official involved when it comes to making friends. It's not like you need to ask someone to be your buddy. But there are several things you can do when you first meet someone that will increase your chance at being friends. Make a good first impression, and then let the friendship flow naturally. If you get to know people without judgment, you will be well on your way to making new friends.
Don't forget to look for opportunities when you're around people. So often we go into "zone out" mode when we're in line or out running errands, and when you do that you miss out on the chance to make small talk. Want some more tips? Here are several ways you can form a new friendship.
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Tuesday December 10, 2013
I spotted this adorable wine cork Christmas tree which is not only adorable and perfect for the friend who loves wine, but also easy to make. Give it a try if you're stumped for something original to make for the friend who has everything or even just a gift for that girlfriend that shares your taste for wine.
Don't forget about these cute wine cork crafts, too.
Monday December 9, 2013
Did you get my special gift idea newsletter last Friday? All my newsletter subscribers did. It offered gift suggestions for every type of friendship you have. If you don't get my newsletter, here's a link to sign up.
Here's some news items from the past week that could work out well for making small talk: