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The first really important tip to making friends with ANYONE INSTANTLY(TM) is to smile. It's a tried and true method! And the best part is, this is something anyone can do - smiling is natural to humans almost from the time they are born. When photographers take pictures of babies after they are born in the hospital. they tickle their palate, which either conditions their smile reflex or their gag reflex, but the result is the same - a winning smile that allows baby's first picture to be something memorable, at least right before they spit up.
Everyone loves a baby's smile, and your new almost-friends will love yours! So don't be afraid to flash it wherever you go. Unless you have bad teeth. This is very off-putting, isn't it? When someone with bad teeth smiles at you, you are like "Hi there - YIKES!" I personally have retracted my handshake from that person, so I know what I'm talking about. Do not smile if you have bad teeth. Or if you are one of those people who looks weird smiling, you know? If your smile makes you look like an axe murderer, for instance, it's probably a good thing if you do NOT smile. So if you can, just smile kind've halfway, which is safer than a full smile and has the added benefits of making you seem both humble and approachable, but not in a weird way, at least not if you do it right.
You'll have to practice smiling, which is best done in front of the mirror at first, and then with your dog. If your dog runs away or attacks you, you know you are doing it incorrectly.
The second way is to smell nice. This is less of a way to meet people than a way to make sure you don't NOT meet people. In other words, not smelling nice will not hurt your chances, but neither will it not harm your chances. I think I said that right. If you are one of those people who would benefit by brushing your teeth at least once a week to prevent nasty plaque buildup, by all means keep the plaque at bay by brushing your teeth. There is nothing worse than talking to someone with bad breath, because even if they are really nice you end up doing that "I'm listening but it's impolite to run" thing where you are in fight-or-flight mode and believe me other people can sense that in a conversation and they do not like it. The feeling that the other person will might leave the conversation without warning at any second is not socially permissible unless you are a politician working the crowd, in which case these rules are REALLY IMPORTANT, except for this one so don't read it. But for everyone else it really counts though.
Also don't forget deodorant because that is really embarrassing to suddenly realize that the terrible smell you have in your nose is actually you. This has personally happened to me and it is so frustrating.
The third way to make friends with ANYONE INSTANTLY(TM) is to get the other person talking. Getting them talking is a great way to get people to open up about themselves, and all the books I've read say people really like talking about themselves! Take me for example. When other people are talking it's like blah blah blah but if I can talk about the salamanders in my terrarium or about the clutter in my garage I could go on for HOURS. I actually have a theory kinda like the missing dryer socks theory that no matter how you work to clean the garage stuff always appears so it will never be clean. Okay it's kinda like the sock theory in reverse, like things are popping into our universes from the dryers of different universes.
Another note of caution that this might totally not work if the other person has bad breath and could be a complete backfire, meaning you might end up holding your breath and doing the almost run away thing, a definite friendship-killer.
Anyway the point is to get them talking, and you do that by asking a question and shutting up. Most programs that talk about learning to make friends easily(note: NOT INSTANTLY!) are really short on practical how-to's. Here are some sample phrases to get other people talking. Keep it simple and encourage them to talk with open ended questions like:
"Hey, what kind of salamanders do you like?" or
"Do you know very much about the dryer-sock-garage-clutter theory?"
Make sure after you ask these questions you give a nice long pause so the other person can answer - no one likes to be interrupted. This will really get them talking because people don't like uncomfortable silence either. I call this the "shut up!" rule.
There are really three key rules to help you make friends with ANYONE INSTANTLY(TM):
1) Almost Smile
2) Shut Up
3) Smell Good
I was going to put one more "S" in there in case of certain "exceptions", but there is no S in that word so we'll just use these three. Wait there is at the end of it but whatever that's just a plural word so it doesn't really count since it isn't memorable.
As long as you follow these "Three S" rules, you are sure to make friends! Try it on the next 100 people you talk to you and you will be amazed at the results. Remember, even being considered the "dumb" friend is still friendship status, so don't be afraid to be that guy if you have to be. It still counts as a friend!
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