Social Settings: First Impressions Are Everything
Approaching a stranger and striking conversation is a daunting task for most. It’s silly, really. People tend to be dissuaded by these kinds of social interactions because they fear the unknown and they fear rejection. Some people fear spontaneous conversation more than they fear death itself!
If you want to become more successful at meeting new people and carry meaningful conversations, just ask yourself: What’s the worst that could happen? Once you’re able to answer that question, consider the following. Your experiences meeting new people will improve if you... Relax
Before you make your first move, stop and remind yourself to relax. You socialize much better when you are in full control of your mind and your body. Manage your heart rate and your breathing, and you’ll do just fine. Have fun
Having fun and relaxing go hand in hand. The more you remind yourself that you’re socializing because it’s fun, the more relaxed you’ll be. Try to enjoy the experience as much as possible, even if it doesn’t go the way you wanted.
Clear your mind Often times, we have a lot on our mind. Clear those pesky thoughts before you introduce yourself to someone. First impressions tend to last, so have clarity as you introduce yourself.
Be a good listener People can tell if you’re listening or not depending on your body language. Be attentive and offer feedback. You need to focus all of your attention on what your peer is saying. They will notice, and they will appreciate you for it.
React Good conversation is improvisational. Use your wit to the best of your abilities. Pace yourself. Social interaction isn’t a race. Take your time to enunciate your words and be comfortable with silence. Your peer will follow your lead.