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Lisa Cook

President and Founder, Plan B Connections

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How do you build offline meaningful social connections?

There are many life transitions which trigger the necessity to make new friends- a geographic move, retirement, new job, divorce, etc. How does one establish meaningful friendships - relationships where you both are able to talk about what's really happening in your life rather than Facebook-type status updates?

The US and other nations are seeing an increase in the numbers of people living alone and studies are showing increased loneliness in society as a whole- it affects people regardless of age and marital status. For all those seeking meaningful social connections and stronger social ties, this is an important question. I think building social capital is very important. What is the glue that makes for meaningful social connections?


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I was fortunate to have the chance to share my story at TEDxMahtomedi!

Hope you'll watch my talk and share your ideas on making meaningful connections. Let's keep the conversation going!


Lisa Cook

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  • Feb 15 2013: A great deal depends on personalities. Others always like to talk about themselves. In what way do you want to interact. There are a number of good books out there. You have also had three good comments already. Anything by Nicholas Boothman is good. See nicholasboothman.com. I'm an INTJ so sometimes I'm not very receptive. However, I know I have to deal with people I don't want to meet to meet what I regard as interesting people. You Don't Understand Me by Keirsey is helpful in realizing what personality types may be gooed to meet. Boothman simplifies Myers-Briggs somewhat as do most other NLP books. Most of us do not want to be around every person we meet. That's not bad; it just reflects personalty.

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