Ways to Become More Outgoing and Sociable
It can be a bit challenging to socialize if you're used to being quiet or more reserved. However, one thing you should know is that you're not alone if you find it difficult to go to a party where you don't know many people, engage in talks with co-workers, or have a conversation with a stranger. A lot of people have ended up in loneliness and got socially isolated because of their social anxiety or shyness. Nevertheless, the good thing is that you can learn to become a more fun person, enjoy the company of others, become more relaxed in social situations, and be more outgoing, with just a few tweaks without having to compromise who you are and perpetually stay on the conversational sidelines.
They say the journey of one thousand miles starts with a step. Hence, you must be ready to take a step if you truly mean business. So, how do you step up to establish contact with friends, colleagues, acquaintances, strangers, and other people around you? Here are a few tips that can help you out:
- Making eye contact: Okay, let's start with this first. Instead of trying to avoid looking into people's eyes, graduate to making eye contact and expressing friendly gestures.
- Smile: This is level two. After you've mastered the art of making eye contact, then you can proceed to complement it with a smile. Whenever you're out and you meet someone at the office's break room, on the train, or shopping at the grocery store, and the person is directly looking at you, make sure you give a smile. You'll notice that most people will have a positive reaction with a high tendency to smile back. This returned smile can help to make you feel more confident.
- Greeting other people: Now, it's time to combine the eye contact and the smile and introduce greetings. Or perhaps, just graduate to the greeting aspect. You can just give a compliment, ask for advice, or say hello. When you do this more, there's a tendency that you'll feel more natural about it and before you know it, you're out of your shell...