You’ll meet more people
Some of my most memorable evenings can be attributed to sitting on a bar stool solo and it all comes down to the incredible people I talk to. I’ve met love interests, business prospects and lifelong friends who I may never have met if I were in a group. When you’re alone and easier to approach, others are more likely to speak to you. There’s an aura of mystery and intrigue surrounding you when you’re on your own.
Who’s that girl?
Being left alone with your thoughts can breed brilliant ideas.
Getting out of your element and into a new environment is proven to get your creative juices flowing. Inspiration can appear anywhere and your muse may live in the most surprising locations. My “secret hideaway” reminds me of my favourite bar in Europe, and my pen holds a life of its own when I hole up there to write.
A study in human nature
It’s far easier to people-watch when you’re not trying to uphold a conversation. Without being creepy, observe how others interact, and create in-depth stories about their lives. Let your imagination run wild. You’ll end your evening with a greater understanding of how people socialize.
If you’re still apprehensive, take baby steps. Start by sitting in a coffee shop with a book, progress to seeing a movie on your own, and finally, have a drink and a meal with just you for company. Let people wonder about you.