One of the most challenging parts of meeting new people – for relationships, friendship or networking – is building up the confidence to engage someone in conversation. No one wants to be rejected! Believe it or not, even those deemed attractive by society’s standards experience insecurity. Our goal at Skout is to provide an online safe place for you to meet new people, and then it’s up to you to take it offline. But chatting online is one thing – many people are nervous about meeting someone in person for the first time.
So what to do? Here are some great tips I found for overcoming social awkwardness:
- Be kind, honest and tactful. If you genuinely admire a person’s shoes or someone else’s athletic prowess, say so! But don’t fake that enthusiasm, warns WikiHow – you’ll come off as desperate and insincere.
- Don’t like your looks? Work with what you have, advises a recent Dear Abby column. Be conscientious of how you dress, keep yourself well-groomed and stand tall. Self-confidence goes a long way.
- It’s all about quality, not quantity, reminds Inc. Don’t worry about chatting with every single person at a party or conference – one good conversation can be more valuable than a bunch of superficial ones.
Still not feeling it? Click to read even more tips for the socially awkward.
Socially Awkward Penguin image via Know Your Meme.