We get it – sometimes, socializing can be a terrifying thing, particularly when you’re not the most extroverted person. However, socializing is a necessary activity we all must participate in and how well you socialize with the people around you can affect your relationships with them.
So, when you’re feeling awkward or unsure as to how to socialize with the people around you, here are a few simple tips:
- Smile – Don’t worry, it’s not just you! Everyone feels a little intimidated when meeting new people, and a good way to lessen that tension is to smile. A smile is a signal to others that you’re friendly enough to start a conversation with, or that you’re nice enough to get to know. A smile could be your icebreaker, so keep smiling.
- Listen – Are you still at a loss with what to say? That’s perfectly fine, just as long as you listen to everyone else who do has something to say. Listening to people means that you’re interested in what they have to say, and that you’re making an effort to get to know them. If you’re listening well enough, they might just mention a topic that you’re interested in, allowing you to join in the conversation.
- Initiate conversation– This may seem like a scary thing at first, but initiating conversation doesn’t have to be that hard. It’s precisely that fear that stops people from initiating conversation. So, as long as you’re brave enough to be the first one to do so, things should be fine. At first, it may be best to keep to topics you’re positive people are interested in, and the flow of conversation should go on smoothly and easily.
- Don’t keep staring at your phone–While it may seem like the most natural thing to do when stuck in an awkward situation, staring at your phone may just do more harm than good. You may as well have a DO NOT DISTURB sign on your person. Unless it’s for an important call or message, put the phone away and focus on the people around you. You can always browse social media when you’re alone.
While these tips may be helpful in certain situations, it’s important to note that different things work for different people. What’s necessary is for you to be comfortable whenever you’re socializing, and just be yourself.
So find your groove and get to socializing—learn the Art of Social Success with JRP.