Have you ever talked to a stranger as if it was your best friend?
It's fun, do it. Seriously it'll open up so many opportunities.
It's easier said than done but totally worth it. If you build up the courage and self-amusement to do it, do it whenever you get a chance. Talking to a stranger like you talk to your best friend is like having a new best friend. You can create an amazing relationship within minutes of meeting each other.
It's sort of like "love at first sight" which can happen to anyone who's open to it.
If you feel awkward when meeting someone because no one says anything, don't. If you don't know what to say it's because there's nothing to be said. Embrace the silence. You don't talk to your best friend nonstop, there's times where you already know their thoughts by looking at their eyes. Same with strangers, try looking at a stranger's eyes and try to understand what they are going through, understand their emotions.
Jump with them, give them high fives for no reason, tease and tickle them. Tell them your stories about flying horses and airplane crashing cats. Persuade them into dumpster diving with you. Tell them a secret without telling them the secret. Stare into their soul for no reason. Create simple spontaneous actions.
Have fun my friends.