Worth Reading: First-Class Friends

Published: February 19, 2011 | Last Updated: February 19, 2011 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

An article by Parmy Olson in Forbes Business (2/02/11) tells how architect Gene Kohn became a master of hobnobbing in midair. Even if you fly economy—or don’t fly at all—the article shows how people can make friends wherever they happen to sit.


  • Do you have break-the-ice questions?
  • Are you comfortable starting up a conversation?
  • Do you make eye contact or tend to appear preoccupied and inaccessible?
  • How do you follow up when you want to get to know someone better?
  • Have you ever met new friends or new acquaintances by accident?


Read the Forbes article here.

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  1. Irene says:

    I agree: Different strokes for different folks. Some people are able to be more spontaneous than others. Thanks for posting and making that point.

    Best, Irene

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never “tried” to make friends or start up acquaintances, it just happens naturally sometimes, and at others it doesn’t. Sometimes the last thing on my mind is wanting to talk to someone and I probably put up a vibe as such(not snobby just lack of eye contact and no initiation of conversation), and at other times another person has that vibe so I dont bother. I’m the type of person that if I had an “agenda” to strike up a conversation with someone it would feel too staged for me. I understand that other people are different and like to be more intentional. Good for them!

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