Interacting with people is an essential social skill a certain levity in your conversations make you popular at the workplace, college, and school. It can increase your employability and help you improve your dating game.
It’s one of the fundamental things and relatively simple. The people you contact feel welcomed and relaxed, which helps you engage in meaningful conversations. It’s more likely that people will start chatting with you.
2. Make an eye contact
Making eye contact helps you feel comfortable and confident and leaves a serenading impression on people you interact with. If you feel shy around people you barely know, you may end up avoiding eye contact altogether. It can get too intense and a bit intimidating, but eye contact helps you understand what the person is thinking and feeling. It enables you to listen and focus more when you make eye contact.
3. Display positive body language
A positive body language does wonders for your conversations and makes you appear more welcoming? The more open and flattering your body language, the more people would be attracted to you, and you are more likely to influence them. Don’t have a closed body language that will harm your conversation.
4. Make observations
Observe your surroundings while you make the first move to interact with new people. Open with a one-liner or comment on the weather, the latest music release, the beauty of the place, and anything you can think of that would draw the ice if not break the ice. This would lead to an exciting conversation.
5. Ask great questions
People like to blurb about themselves. It’s great to have a list of questions up your sleeve that you can ask, to understand, know them better and begin a conversation. Listen to them, understand, and make them feel comfortable. Ask deep and intellectual questions to find out what they read and watch, encourage them to talk.
6. Listen intently
Usually, we listen with the intent of replying and talking rather than active listening. Listening with a keen and deep interest such that you have a complete focus on the person you are listening to. Let the person speak entirely about what they want to talk about. Listening skills take some time to master, but once you are a sound listener, and this would lead to meaningful conversations as people love feeling listened to.
7. Learn from your setbacks
Facing Rejection is a bitter pill to swallow; it makes us feel that our presence is not wanted, and we are not welcome; it can hurt us. If a stranger rejects you after you have just met them, take a couple of days to regroup and understand that it is not personal. Many people have no clue what to say to break the ice and are not comfortable talking with strangers. It’s okay. We can’t do anything about it. Learn from the setbacks and keep learning by making conversations with people.
Sanket Alurkar is a MA Creative Writing Student at Kingston University. He is passionate about storytelling, writing, reading books. He loves to go out for cycling, adventure sports and loves to cook.