Are you the newbie to a group of close friends? Having a hard time joining their conversation? We’re here to help.
Understandably, when you’re the new person in a group that’s known each other for quite some time, it would be particularly difficult and awkward joining in the conversation. As challenging as it may be, however, it is not an impossible task and here are a few ways to join in an ongoing conversation:
1. Introduce yourself to everyone.
It’s hard to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know so introduce yourself to everyone, even if it’s simply just saying your name, and prompting them to continue on with their conversation, it can make a difference.
2. Listen first.
Listen silently to whatever the group is currently talking about to get a feel of how they converse with one another and when you find an opening or an opportunity, make a contribution to the conversation.
3. Start small.
Talking to the entire group all at the same time is a little daunting. So, start out small and talk to one member of the group to sort of get your foot in the door and eventually, it’ll get easier to transition the discussion to the rest of the group.
4. Don’t be self-conscious.
More often than not, the only thing stopping you from joining in the conversation is yourself. Stop thinking that it’s going to be difficult or awkward or that they won’t like you. Simply be yourself, and psych yourself up. This is a good opportunity to make new friends.
So jump right in, contribute to conversations, and learn the Art of the Pitch at JRP.