To better build rapport and counter isolation do the following:
- smiling, tilting your chin lower so you'renot looking down on them, and slowing down your speech so you come across as being more credible.
- set a finish time before starting a conversation with someone new to reduce the initial wariness.
- Be more likable and validate others by listening to them and suspending your ego. Put aside your wish to contribute to the conversation and ask short, open questions like how, when, and why.