Boost your social confidence
Parties are heaps of fun, but there are some situations that can throw you out of your comfort zone. We’ve got some simple ways to deal with common party fears, so you can focus on socialising with confidence (instead of flipping out) …
Party fear: Entering a party alone
Fresh fix: Don’t freeze and bolt to the bathroom, you’ll only double your nerves! Instead, give yourself a pep talk before you enter the room – repeat a self-esteem-boosting mantra in your head (“I look great!” or “I’m really interesting!”). Then take a deep breath and casually wander through the crowd until you reach a familiar face. Grab a drink on the way so you have a ‘prop’ to keep your hands busy – stopping at the bar also buys you time to: scan the room for friends; locate the host; or find a non-threatening spot to hang until someone you know arrives.
Party fear: Running into an ex
Fresh fix: Don’t spend all night avoiding him – it will only get more awkward as the party progresses, and let’s face it, neither of you will be able to relax until you’ve broken the ice and acknowledged each other.
If he doesn’t approach you to say hi, rise above the situation and head over for a quick hello. You don’t have to hang around for a half-hour conversation – just acknowledge him and move right along. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief and can then focus on enjoying the rest of the party.
Party fear: Forgetting people’s names
Fresh fix: Some people are really good at remembering who is who, but many more of us have hopeless memories and forget names almost as soon as we’re introduced. It can be really embarrassing when an acquaintance greets you by name, but you have no idea what they’re called.
If you’re faced with this situation at a party (and you’re the forgetful one), you have two options. The first is not to call the acquaintance anything, but assure them you know who they are by mentioning your connection (e.g. “Still playing netball?” if you were once on a team together). The other option is to be up-front and say, “I have to be honest, I can’t remember your name … memory like a sieve!” They’ll appreciate you being candid instead of trying to fudge through the conversation.
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