So you want too meet new people. You want to make new friends, network, and maybe even find a date.
But just the thought of being in the room with a bunch of new people scares you. Suddenly you wish you were back home, safely under the covers. Just you, a good book, and a large pizza.
But don't admit defeat yet.
We've got some tips for you:
1) Be the listener
Many people talk- a few listen. You've probably been called a good listener sometime in your life (but really you were just quietly staring off into space, thinking about dinner tonight).
You can make friends with a lot of people just by patiently listening to what they have to say. They'll feel happy that someone cares so much and feel closer to you. Nod and smile along as they share their stories.
And then when you feel a bit more comfortible after learning about them- share yours!
2) Ask questions
When you can't find anything to talk about, ask people about themselves.
Ask what their plans for the rest of the weekend are. Whether they've seen the latest Marvel movie. How they are liking their drink.
And then build up on what they answer- if they are going to a restaurant you've recently been to on Sunday, tell them about your experience.
You don't want people thinking you're being quiet or sticking to the corners because you're antisocial and don't want to talk to them.
So keep smiling. Your beautiful smile will bring people to you and they will want to get to know you better.
4) Hang around the corners and by the food
This was probably your strategy already. You won't be the only one nervous. You'll find others in corners and by the food, also not wanting to be the center of attention.
Try talking to them- it is likely they're as nervous as you, and this way, you'll be having a one-to-one conversation just like you like it.
5) Come with a friend
Attend the party with a friend. This will make you less nervous, since you both can talk to people together.
Do you have any other tips?
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