From yacht parties to desert visits, ASKWHO meet-ups are always an event to remember. However, taking the leap and attending an event where you don’t really know anyone can be difficult. We get it, it’s daunting. So we’ve put together a few things to keep in mind that will hopefully build your confidence not only in ASKWHO meetups but in other social events too.
When we’re nervous we can sometimes just dive right into a conversation without introducing ourselves. Take the time to tell people who you are, what you do and some facts about yourself. This will prompt them to do the same and will skip out any awkward moments of not knowing how to start a conversation. It’s also a great way to learn names which you can then use in later conversations.
We often say a lot more with our bodies than we realise. If you get nervous when meeting new people your body language can often give you away. Avoid crossing your arms, stand up tall, smile and try not to fidget. A great way to do that is often by holding something, such as a drink. These small gestures will make you appear open, confident and a lot more approachable.
The key to success when meeting new people is to be a great listener. Asking questions and actively engaging with their answers shows that you care about what the person is talking about. You’ll also learn more about them, which is the first step to making meaningful friendships.
Talk about what you’re passionate about
When you talk about something that’s meaningful to you people can tell. Whether you notice it or not, most of the time when people talk about their passions they are more engaged, knowledgeable and confident. So, begin a conversation about your interests and your conversational skills we improve. You may meet someone with like-minded interests or introduce somebody to something new.
On the opposite end of the scale, when beginning conversions with new people sometimes it can venture into topics you are not familiar with. Staying open-minded and actively listening while asking questions is the ideal way to navigate this. By not shutting the conversation down you may even gain a new perspective or learn something new.
Just dive in
The ASKWHO meetups may be an activity or event that you wouldn’t normally attend. But it’s great to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. If you have any questions, start chatting in the meet-up group as other people are also likely to be a little nervous too.
Over to you
Ready to meet the amazing ASKWHO community in person? Make sure to join our meet-up group for all the information about our upcoming events. We can’t wait to see you there.