Ever walked right into a party and noticed a few people standing out from the rest of the crowd? A snitch of envy crosses by your heart as to how you remain unnoticed and invisible. At one point or another, we’ve all been there, unfortunately. Be it a wedding, informal business event, birthday party or even a festival, we think it’s essential to drive some attention to you. Have you ever found yourself sheepishly stuck in corners of the room with a random irrelevant stranger who can’t seem to get over their neighbor’s cat while you anxiously tug on the ends of your shirt? Did you think of being at some other place than to waste time at the party? All while you pray for a miracle that somehow you could get out of there because you just can’t seem to blend in and you feel like a misfit in a room full of intellectuals. Stop right there! Your prayers have been answered. We’re sure by the end of this article, not only will you be remarkably social relatively, but you’ll also end up with influential contacts for a keepsake that might prove to come in handy in the future. Imagine, you develop contacts with the people who do delivery management for offices and how they help you in receiving those important documents in a timely fashion. Let’s take a look at how you can ace your social game at such an event.
Dress to impress
The first impression is the last impression, as they say. To leave everybody stunned, you have to be a showstopper. dress according to the event and the weather, be it festive, smart-casual, professional. Just make sure your attire is not too irrelevant from the whole point of the event, that’ll just prevent people from noticing you (in a good way). Keep your accessories delicate, your hair neat and be sure to smell nice, that extra spritz of perfume might just do the trick for you. But don’t overdo it. Keep your posture upright and smile throughout, avoid crossing your arms, you have to ensure your body language and facial expressions are more inclined towards portraying how fun, social and kind you are.
Now that you’re all fancy looking, act smart but not overconfident. The last person that people would want to talk to is a self-absorbed individual. So instead try being more approachable. Put your phone aside and socialize within your circle. Your sense of style, the way you walk and talk should be able to express yourself non-verbally and you just might find some people with potentially the same common interests walking up to you.
Ask for help
Bring an extrovert friend or a family member along. Especially if you’re struggling with social anxiety, a trusted outgoing friend would be your best bet for now. Get them to assist you in making connections and help you be more responsive. While the two of you socialize with others in the hall, notice how they charm themselves into impressing people. Take notes from the whole situation so you can imply similar methods the next time you’re all by yourself. In case you have no one to bring along, try using social networking apps such as Wave Work that allows you to find out who’s at the same event that you’re in. Apps also tend to keep your social contacts saved that just might serve your purpose.
If you want to ensure you’re relevant throughout the event, you can always go a little extra by researching a bit about that specific event you’re attending and the kind of people you’d stumble into. Get some of your basic facts right so you’re not completely clueless. If you can’t seem to find opportunities for yourself, create them! While you’re socializing, go ahead and interview the people around you. Find out their likes and dislikes, their background, and at one point or another, you’ll eventually have a new close contact.
All in all, make sure you’re not trying too hard. While the tips mentioned above might assist you, don’t stress too much over them and be flexible with your way of approach. Remain confident in who you are as a person and know that everyone is unique in their way. Be yourself, stay comfortable and composed. In case, you don’t make any contacts in the first few events, don’t beat yourself upon it. Just try harder the next time and you’ll eventually get there. Not everyone is a pro when it comes to socializing, but anyone can get better with practice and time.
Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, we hope you’ve said goodbye to your social anxiety. Remember, it’s always a good thing to experiment around when you’re talking to people. Attend frequent parties and occasions so you’re more familiar with various, diverse situations and how you can tackle them. Lend yourself some credence, trust your instinct, and be bold. Good luck and get to socialize!