Read our dos and don’ts for establishing a good first impression in social situations and how to act while meeting new people and for the first meeting.
Meeting new people can be nerve-wracking, so read our advice on how to act while meeting someone for the first time after talking for months.
What to do or how to act when Meeting new people?
Do: Make an effort to introduce yourself.
Even if they’ve worked for the company for a long time or belong to a social club, anyone can be hesitant to strike up a conversation with someone they don’t know. Taking the initiative and introducing yourself will help you avoid any embarrassing situations and let your first meeting special.
Don’t: Speak for yourself when meeting new people
Good listeners are also good conversationalists. Ask follow-up questions to demonstrate that you’re paying attention to what’s being said. Self-esteem is boosted through thoughtful questions.
Do: When making an introduction, smile.
According to studies, receiving a friendly grin stimulates the brain more than receiving money or devouring many chocolate bars. It also, unsurprisingly, breaks down social barriers.
Don’t: Dismiss people based on their appearance.
Not everyone portrays themselves in the best light right away. It takes time to build good chemistry.
Do: Address people by their first names in conversations.
When you end a talk, referring back to a person’s name is a subtle hint that you were paying attention. It’s also a wonderful method to remember their name the next time you see them.
Don’t: Be too concerned with what others think of you.
Relax, be yourself, and assume that people are interested in learning more about you. Use the old saying attributed to WB Yeats, a poet. ‘There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet,’ says the narrator.
Do: A little brainstorming before meeting new people
Consider a few potential discussion topics ahead of time. An activity-based social get together is a great way to avoid the dreaded surface-skirting of small conversation because everything is centered around a common interest.
Don’t: Don’t forget to express your gratitude to the organizers.
Offering to provide a hand towards the end of a party or a Meetup group is another fantastic approach to show your appreciation – and to make friends a little faster.