Thanks Nikitha and great question. You don’t have to be best friends with someone in order to learn from them. But being honest when meeting someone from a different culture, religion, upbringing and saying (a variation of), “I have to be honest I don’t know very much about your culture, country, whatever — I’d love to learn more” never backfires. Underneath all the labels, people are nice and a friendly smile and question that shows you care about learning from them can go a long way.
I think sports is a great way. Asking people what they are reading, love to cook etc. I live in Spain and my kids school has 27 nationalities in it and food brings everyone together and sharing recipes. We have more in common with others than we have differences and your job is to ask the questions that gets to common ground the fastest so when 4 days later you learn they like Trump, it doesn’t matter as you already respect and like them as a person.
Btw I really appreciate the comment — however the best way for articles to get exposure is by clapping. Any chance you could give a few claps for this article.