While I am in the situation often enough, making small talk with strangers never comes naturally to me. I often find myself decidedly outside my comfort zone in rooms full of new people.
So, over the years, I’ve come up with my own playbook to become more successful in those situations. Networking is hard work for me, but I don’t want that to be obvious to everyone in the room. Having a plan — a system and structure to fall back on — is the first step to mitigating anxiety and improving your ability to make a meaningful connection with someone new.
While it may not be easy to strike up a conversation with someone who you’re trying to get a job from, these situations can be less stressful with a little practice. Take a look at the article and learn the tips that introverts can use to become better communicators. While being shy is tough, I promise you that being chatty can be learned! With a gift of (learned) gab, there’s no telling how far you can go!