If you’re an introvert you can usually avoid talking to people in your daily life, but when you have to mingle for work it can be quite tricky. But don’t worry – with these tips even the shyest of us all will be able to start a conversation effortlessly. Here are some tips to help you mingle:
Pay a compliment (yes, flattery helps)
Start with a compliment. Feel free to pay a sincere compliment to the person you are standing with. It’s best not to go overboard with the compliments, though, as you could end up being perceived as insincere – or even creepy! Compliment something small like the person’s shoes or accessories.
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Seek out fellow introverts
The saying ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is applicable in almost every situation. Be honest about how awkward these functions can get. There is a good chance that there are others who feel the same way. Seek out other people at the event who look similarly stressed, gather some courage and approach them. You are bound to bond with them.
There is a reason for those dreadful nametags
Because networking in a room full of strangers can be awkward, why not embrace the little help there is – the name tags? People can be easier to approach if they know (or can read) your name. At most networking events your name will often be accompanied by your work title or the company you work for.
Use this information and strike up a conversation about their specific role in the company. You could also approach someone who has your dream job or who works in a field you’re interested in and ask for advice on how to advance your career.
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