We have all been the new person in the neighborhood. We all know that feeling, and we know that sometimes the first step to introduction can be the hardest. Personally, when I am with people I know and am comfortable with. People that I have known for a while, I am not introverted in the least. I am not quiet, I talk until they tell me to shush. Rarely can we be that comfortable with people we just met.
Traveling around recently and having to meet numerous people, I have found that when people have used these ideas with me, It has made the introduction situation much easier for all. The next eleven great ways to introduce yourself, specifically in an RV community, may help you work around social shells and help start great relationships in the community you will be staying for the next few days, months, or years (depending on your travel plans).
So let’s get started, the first four ideas I like to consider the gateway to introduction. Anyone can ask a question, make a comment or give a compliment. Any of these make easing into an introduction a little easier.
1. Wave and Smile
Unless the other person is in an auto, RV, truck, or motorcycle, most people are outgoing will stop and talk to you. Smiles are proven to be inviting. Smiles invite conversation with others. Conversations usually need introduction.
Since visiting several RV communities, when going out with my husband (who is a very outgoing person), I have personally noticed that smiles have started countless conversations with community members. Previous unknown community members that now I can’t wait to go back and visit later.
Many great friendships in RV communities, start with a wave and a friendly smile.
2. Ask a question
If you are new to any community, unless it is a model of a previous place you have visited before, you are going to have questions. Most small and medium size communities have maps and welcome packets that include a lot of information. But asking a question is a way to not
only start an introduction, but get more detailed information. You can ask your neighbor, Where is recycling located? Which direction is the black and gray tank dump?
Very rarely will you run into someone who will answer your question and walk away. I am not saying it will never happen, it is just rare.
3. Make a comment
This idea is similar to asking a question. Making a comment is extremely easy. A simple statement about the weather is a gateway for introduction. It also invites further conversation. You may also be able to find common ground with the other person. There are times when first finding you have things in common, will put you at ease and make conversation that much easier.
4. Give a compliment
Have you ever been walking by someone and thought, (Wow, that’s a great…) just fill in the blank. Those are all opportunities for introduction. Take the opportunity if you like something, say so. Almost everyone enjoys compliments.
Example: “I like your Sun hat, it’s a pretty shade of green. “
This example may seem silly but remember, it is a simple and easy way to start a conversation and introduce oneself.
5. Walk our Canine Companion
Most RV communities have areas designated for canine companions. For their exercise and interacting with other dogs. Walking your companion not only gives your pet needed exercise while living in an RV, but opens the door to talk to neighbors. Mainly about dogs, but this too is a gateway to introduction.
While walking you may be asked about your pet, many will want to stop and say hello and potentially pet your companion. Or later they may mention that they saw you walking him or her earlier. Then in conversation, introductions are usually made.
6. Go to the Community Center/ Area
All of the RV parks we have visited in 2016 have a community gathering area. When living in such a small community of people community centers are great places to gather for games, ice cream socials, card games, and other activities. Perhaps the parks welcome packet will have a calendar of events. This is another great way to meet your community neighbors.
7. Take a tour of the Community
Most RV communities offer tours of the RV sites. This helps with continuity in the community, since most people living the RV lifestyle travel a majority of the year. There are people coming in and going out on the regular. Sign up for a tour of the entire RV park. Your guide may introduce you to the people you see along the way.
You may also be able to remember where you met others which may also help
you remember their names better.
8. Give a useful gift
Finding something useful for others living the RV lifestyle is easy. Think about the things that you Use or need daily. Does your neighbor have a pet?(cat or dog) Give something for them instead.
(A toy maybe). It does not need to be extravagant. When in doubt, keep it simple. My previous example where my neighbor gifted us the reusable (handmade) bag. I use it every time we go shopping. And it is very much appreciated.
9. Give a handmade item
Do you have a hobby that you enjoy? Do you knit or sew? If you have an hobby or skill that you enjoy, you can use that to your advantage when introducing yourself to others.
When we first arrived in the desert around southern California, we did not know anyone. We met our host and they basically gave us the rundown on who was already there and who would be showing up. One of our neighbors came over and as an introduction she gave us a hand-made bag. It is not only my favorite bag, but I remember her name because I associate it with the bag.
10. Have a gathering at your area/ space
You can have a small potluck lunch at your RV site. Have everyone bring something. If that seems like too much for you. Have a small get together with your immediate neighbors. Invite them to play a card game or chess. (If you have a set. )
If you invite others to your area, remember that not everyone will love fufi jumping on them. Until you get to know your neighbors, keep your canine companion in a controllable area.
You have a few options when inviting people over also. You can write hand invitations for your neighbors to the left and right. You can also put up a small sign in your community center in the RV park. More people will show up with this option. Before putting anything up, don’t forget to ask what is allowed on the board.
11. Introduce yourself
The last one is as simple as it gets. Just dive right in. If your neighbor is outside, go for it. You can walk right over to them and say “I would like to introduce myself. ” and go from there.