There is nothing better than catching up with old friends you haven’t seen or heard in several years. Picking up a friendship on where you left it can be tricky sometimes, as a lot can happen in the span of years and good chances neither of you will resemble the people you were when you were close acquaintances. Here are some essential tips to make sure the reunion does not grow stale and awkward.
If you and your friend have not seen each other in a long time and do not share much of the common interests like before, it is vital that you determine a place which is comfortable for both of you and which will aid in fostering the conversation. Often times, this going to be neither of you or your friend’s houses.
Avoid small talk
Tend to avoid the small talk of how the weather is and so on. Yes, it might feel awkward at first when meeting each other after a few years. To break the ice, you can directly skip to the main course of the conversation as you will have a lot to say in those span of years’ worth of catching up to do and do not waste precious time talking about superficial matters not unless both parties are interested.
Have a drink if you both are into it
Nothing curtails the tension and awkwardness and loosening up the lips after sharing a few drinks. Do not be afraid of catching up in bars assuming it is okay between both of you. You will be shocked by all the moments of nostalgia and reminiscing about old times leading to intense laughter like the moment passed just yesterday, all thanks to alcohol.
Bring a friend
You can break the tension and get into the immediate conversation by bringing a friend with whom you both are already acquainted with.
If you and your friend have both attended the same high school or college together, eventually the conversation you share will involve a relatively fair amount of gossip. Make sure what information you have to share isn’t already seen on Facebook by both parties. If you have a good scoop of gossip in you waiting to come out, make sure you do share but in a manner which is obscure and isn’t too damaging to other parties uninvolved in the matter.