While meeting new people and making new business connections can be nerve-racking to those who are uncomfortable in social settings, it's not as difficult as you think. All great conversationalists put effort into their dialogue in order to come across as interesting and engaging. Mingling skills can be taught and those that learn them, and then put them into practice, will reap the benefits and rewards. As anxious as you may feel, most people are experiencing similar emotions. What's the big secret to making a favorable impression on others? Shifting the focus off of yourself and demonstrating interest in the other person. Here are seven ways to come across as appealing and likable at your next networking event.
- Focus on looking approachable. Show that you are interested in meeting others through your facial expression and body language. In other words, smile. It's the perfect antidote to feeling nervous or awkward. Some people have a default expression that looks downright icy. Be aware of your uncomfortable "resting face" and add some spark and dazzle into your expressions.