There's risk involved (" What Will I Risk Today? "), and that is good.
I really do walk up and start a conversation.
I have nothing to lose but my abject loneliness and shyness.
And I have everything to gain.
Out of my experience a few weeks ago there has developed a relationship with someone close to (but not yet at!) age, employed as "tech support for a lawyer software".
Keen on Networking
Waddyaknow? Someone to meet with at meetings, a friendly face, and although I wasn't looking for this when I walked up to chat, I have stumbled on someone who might be able to help me.
I develop applications that process documents (see for example www.Indxr.ca ), and am always grateful when a friendly colleague might be in a position to beta-test my latest little gem.
That is, by walking up to a stranger I have set up for myself many current and potential benefits for my business, and made a friend, too.
The alternative, remember, was to sit in silence nursing my cold coffee, staring into space, envious of others.