- Maintain eye contact: This has changed my life in the way I interact with people. When people talk to you, maintain eye contact, even if it might feel awkward. It shows the strength of character and even warmth. When it’s your turn to talk, do the same, although I think it’s okay in this situation to glance away at times.
2. Learn about everything.
Watch documentaries. Read good books. Conversations used to be a terrifying thing for me because I wouldn’t know what to talk about. But the more you know, the more you can relate with people and have something to share.
3. Make yourself uncomfortable.
To achieve anything worthwhile requires sacrifice. In this case, personal comfort. I used to avoid going to parties and social events because I’d feel so stressed at the thought of talking to people. I still feel that way, but not as intensely, after forcing myself to accept most invitations I’d receive. Interacting with people really is a muscle you have to flex, and the more you practice it, the more confident you feel doing it.
4. Surround yourself with people who believe in you.
In this case, I had my church, who believed in the best I could be and the inherent value I had as a person. Having a support system who you can share your struggles with makes the entire journey easier.
By PAUL YOU.