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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

General public relations

I keep meeting lots of new people since we set up our new business and it got me thinking - how many people does the average person meet during their life?

And what counts as an official meeting? Is it a proper introduction, a face to face exchange, a sit down, an exchange of words or is it just a recognition?

Looking back, I wonder where have I met most people so far and has it changed? At school? - I remember a few but am in touch with only a handful of people from back then. At college or university - don't people meet others in the first week and spend the rest of the three years trying to get rid of them? (That isn't true Ms Wilson), in the workplace? - a group of people thrown together with a common purpose, or in the city I live in, or the countryside I left?

Work and the city provide the biggest collection of meetings for me at the moment.

As I get older I seem to be meeting people more frequently and using my connections more to create new meetings. And I'm meeting people of all ages and backgrounds. And it's interesting because it can be by chatting to a neighbour or making a new business connection that you actually see how really nice people are.

Reading around the subject shows there are studies which say that the average person will come into contact with between 10,000 and 200,000 other people in their life time depending on their specific lifestyle. Some studies define a meeting as a face to face exchange, if momentary, but a recognition between yourself and another - a wave, a smile a hello. In that case I met about 5,000 of my quota on one day as I ran the Sheffield Half Marathon and saw human spirit at its best.

It's a good job I don't have to remember all their names as well!!

Iain, Dennis Taylor, Abby