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Are you an introvert? Here are tips on how you can be more social

 Introverts are not antisocial as most people may think (Image: Shutterstock)

Being an introvert can be problematic especially when you constantly have to interact with people or meet in social setups.

Sometimes introverts are confused to be antisocial but far from it they wish to be part of social gatherings, they just don’t know how to.

Whether it is at the office or with your circle of friends, you can still manage to look social without going out of your comfort zone. Here are some tips to help you be more social with people:

  • Be active on group chats

If you can’t interact with people physically, the least you can do is be active on the group chats. Poke your colleagues and friends once in a while and actively participate in conversations. This might actually compensate for your silence around them.

  • Always greet people

If you believe people think you are antisocial then maybe, it’s time to change that. You can be the first to greet your colleagues when you get to the office or at social gatherings, a simply hello goes a long way than simply ignoring everyone.

  • Plan conversations ahead of time

If talking to people is not your strength, plan the conversations before you meet them. Think about how much you want to say, it doesn’t have to be a whole conversation but just enough small talk to make people comfortable around you.

 Always attend social gatherings to know people better (Image: Shutterstock)
  • Befriend one extrovert

Being quiet will only be worsened by surrounding yourself with other quiet people. If you are an introvert, at least ensure one of your friends is an extrovert. This will help you camouflage since most people will assume you are chatty and they will always keep you informed.

  • Always attend social functions

You may have nothing in common with your colleagues and friends but at least make an effort of attending social functions with them. You might not do much at the events but at least they will see you are making an effort to be around them. You never know maybe this might help you come out of your shell.

  • Chat with strangers

In order to be more accommodating around people you need practice and what better way than to try it with people who don’t know you? It could be with your hair dresser, barber or vegetable vendor, chat them up and talk about anything, with time you will find yourself getting comfortable around people.

  • Seek help from a professional

If being an introvert is not something you like, maybe you need to talk to someone that can help you get out of your comfort zone. Some people keep to themselves because they have low self-esteems from past traumatic experiences that should be explored by a professional to help you navigate around it.

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