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A Guide to Overcoming Social Anxiety

The County Register

Meeting new people can be daunting for many of us. At Attractive Partners, we understand that many of our members enjoy the coaching support we offer. The fear of judgement, rejection, or simply not knowing what to say can create a significant barrier. However, mastering the art of speaking to new people with confidence is not only possible but also immensely rewarding. Here’s how you can turn those nerve-wracking moments into opportunities for genuine connection.

Embrace your nervousness

The first step in speaking with new people with confidence is accepting that feeling nervous is normal. Instead of fighting it, acknowledge it. By accepting your nervousness, you can begin to manage it more effectively.

Practice Active Listening

Confidence in conversation doesn’t just come from speaking; it also comes from listening. Show genuine interest in what the other person is saying. Make eye contact. Respond appropriately. This allows you to stay engaged and makes the other person feel valued and heard.

Prepare Conversation Starters

Having a few conversation starters ready can ease the initial tension. Questions about interests, hobbies, books, and films are great openers.

Focus on Common Interests

Finding common ground is key to building rapport. Pay attention to shared interests or experiences that emerge during conversation. When you find a topic that both of you are passionate about, it can turn a simple interaction into a meaningful conversation. This shared connection helps ease nerves and builds confidence.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Like any other skill, confidence in speaking to new people improves with practice.
Start small by initiating conversation in low pressure environments like a coffee shop or local meetup. Gradually, you’ll find it easier to strike up conversations in more challenging settings.

Reflect and Learn

After each interaction, take a moment to reflect. What went well? What could have been better? Learning from each experience helps you grow and become more adept at handling future conversations.

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