Having an active social life is always important, whether you’re somebody who loves spending time with people and even if you’re a little more of a solitary person. Either way, we all need to foster social connections with friends and family in order to be able to have a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle.
But sometimes, it’s not easy and you have to put yourself out of your comfort zone. We all find ourselves in situations where we have to attend parties or other types of social gatherings where we don’t know anyone. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom, and there are lots of different ways that you can make the situation easier for yourself.
Here are a few top tips for how to attend a party where you don’t know anyone.
Make An Effort to Engage with People
Even if you’re the most outgoing person in the world, not knowing anyone at a social gathering can make you feel super awkward. You may be lucky enough to be surrounded by people who acknowledge that you’re alone and make an effort to include you, but this simply won’t always be the case. Rather than having to rely on other people looking after you, take matters into your own hands.
Find your confidence within yourself and make the first move. Join a conversation or find someone approachable and introduce yourself. The best way to make an introduction is to start chatting about your common connection – that is, the mutual connection that led to you both ending up at the same social gathering, whether it be a friend or a hobby. Always ask the other person about themselves and listen when they talk.
Don’t Try Too Hard
On the other hand, as much as it’s important to put yourself out there an make the first move, don’t try too hard. There’s a fine line between confident and being obnoxious. So, be aware of being too forward and try not to be too overbearing among people you’ve only just met.
The key to meeting new people, in any context, should always be to be yourself. You always want to be who you are without any pretences, so that’s exactly how a friendship or relationship of any sort should start. Don’t fake anything just because you want to fit in. Be respectful of others but always stand firm in who you are.
Don’t Sit on Your Phone All Night
This may be stating the obvious, but whatever you do, don’t just sit on the corner and scroll through Instagram all night long – no matter how awkward you feel. It immediately indicates that you don’t want anyone to engage with you and it’s super antisocial. You’re out and about for the purpose of social ising and interacting with other people, so put your phone away and make an effort.
At the end of the day, spending the whole night on your phone will just make you look, and feel, more awkward than anything else. Save your phone time for playing at an online casino South Africa when you’re not at a party and you’ll enjoy your game time even more.