Even the most extroverted person can get a tingle of nerves when it comes time for a party. This is especially true if they are trying to ease their way into a new social group, to make new friends and perhaps begin a new romance. Don’t even get started on the problems faced by introverted people! They are going to find it even tougher.
Now, everyone knows the importance of first impressions and don’t want to mess them up. That’s why you should consider incorporating these tips on your next night out.
Hone In On Guests With Common Interests
The easiest way to mingle is by chatting with people with common interests. When you first arrive, you should scan the crowd and attempt to identify which people may have something in common with you. Then it’s time to make your move.
Introduce yourself, go through the motions of small talk, and when you get a chance try and steer the conversation to a mutually interesting topic.
Go Easy On The Sauce
Getting drunk and making a fool of yourself might imprint you into peoples’ memories but this is not quite the result you want. It’s more important to be seen handling yourself sensibly. Have a few drinks and enjoy yourself but don’t let it get to your head.
If nerves are a problem, then try sipping your drink slowly: About once every five minutes.
Don’t Dress For A Typical Look
You don’t want to look like a clone of everyone else. Wearing something a bit different can help you stand out and may even be a helpful conversation starter. Girls should consider a leather top hat or some stylish boots.
If you’re a guy, then try and go beyond a pair of jeans and a V-neck T-shirt. Consider wearing a shirt with a bold red or black color scheme. Leather shoes are also a good option.
Make Contact With The Host
If the party is run by friends of friends, then make sure you introduce yourself to the hosts of the party. Doing so is not only polite but also practical. Chances are they have the best knowledge of other people at the party and can help you get acquainted.
Get Peoples’ Numbers (Or Social Media Accounts)
If you come across anyone interesting, then make sure you get their number or social media info. Doing so lets them know you’re interested in hanging out further and makes you seem like more than just a once of acquaintance.
Just don’t message anyone the very next day (especially if they are of the opposite sex). It sounds annoying but waiting 48 hours or so is a much better idea.
Good luck with your next party. Just remember that feeling nervous or awkward is nothing special. Everyone experiences these feelings to a certain degree. The important thing is to press on anyway. Make an effort to create a strong first impression, and you may end up with new friends and even a new love interest.