There’s no denying it. Nearly every step of the friend-making process has elements of awkwardness. It’s awkward to talk to new people. It’s awkward to walk into a room where you feel like everyone else knows someone but you. It’s awkward to ask for contact info after just meeting someone. It’s awkward to extend an invite to someone you hardly know to get together. But the truth is: If we value friendship, we value avoiding awkwardness more. It’s better to embrace it and push through. And, in this episode, I’ll share 5 practices for how you can do just that.