Some people are shy or just prefer to be alone and others are more outgoing and thrive in the crowd. There are all kinds of people and there is nothing wrong with being who you are, even as introverted as you may be.
There are times, however, when you feel that being an introvert is holding you back. You may actually want to have more friends but don’t know how to go about it. Or, it could be holding you back at work since you seem aloof and distant. It may even be caused by finally getting through the pandemic and don’t want to feel lonely anymore.
Deciding to be less introverted is a personal choice but if it is one you want to make then you probably need some advice on how to go about it. In this article, we will give you some tips to make you less of an introvert and feel more confident in being social.
1 – Try being funny
Let’s start with the most difficult tip first. Specifically to be more funny. This is difficult for many people but especially introverts since it requires some confidence to pull off being funny. If you weren’t much of a jokester then it is going to feel forced to be funny.
You can start out with some simple humor to get started and then as you start to feel more comfortable try out some more complicated ways to be funny. As an example, many people who know you don’t expect you to be funny but also have certain expectations of how you are. If they ask you a yes or no question, they expect a certain response. Surprise them by answering the opposite of what they expect.
“You probably hate when people ask you to smile!” should be responded with a “No, I actually love it!” That should give you the idea.
2 – Be the trivia person
In a conversation with a few people, you probably sit back and observe. It isn’t easy to jump into a conversation. What does make it easy is if you are the person that knows a lot of little tidbits of information. Then when the conversation presents an opportunity you can sprinkle some trivia in to impress people with your knowledge without having to go into an in depth monologue about something.
You can learn some by visiting LaffGaff as they have a lot of trivia to memorize.
3 – Look for an extrovert friend
It’s a well known fact that extroverts hate other extroverts. If they like being the center of attention then they don’t want the competition. As somebody who isn’t extroverted you make the ideal companion. So, find somebody you enjoy to be around and strike up a friendship with them.
This will give you a model of how to be less shy and take charge of social situations much more readily. You can even ask them to help you break out of your shell.
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