I spent the last few days in Toronto on a work conference with 1,400 people from across the world. An hour into the welcome reception, I had found my people, the people I’d spend much of the next four days hanging out with.
Walking into a room full of strangers is intimidating for most people, but I love it. I start scanning the faces around me, looking for the people who seem quick to smile and laugh, whose faces are open and welcoming.
This trip I found five new friends. Paul from Sydney, Australia, Stephanie from Texas, Lynn from Chicago, Tara from New York City and Tony from Minneapolis. I snuck them into the Canadian after party, dragged them around to Salad King for Thai, marched them across downtown for Crepes in Kensington Market and patio beers in Church Wellesley. We capped the final night with a Blue Jays game and more patio time, storytelling and laughing until the wee hours of the morning.
Do you like opportunities to meet new people or are you terrified by it?