My wife showed me THIS video the other day.
Loving your neighbor as yourself is sometimes as easy as putting yourself out there in order to get to know somebody new.
We have been given such Good News to share!
We, above all other people, should be motivated to be friendly and interested in getting to know new people for the sake of introducing them to that which we value so highly as to risk discomfort in engaging strangers in order to communicate.
That is assuming you first value God so highly as to want to exalt most what He exalts most: the Gospel, AND that the whole purpose and motivation behind wanting to be influential and friends with more people is for the sake of using said leverage to direct attention to Jesus.