As a bit of an introvert, I find happy hours 🙄, networking events 🥱, and other stand-around-talking situations frustrating. They tend to feel shallow, and they get boring fast.
But these events can be fun, even for us introverts!
I really like this Medium article because it’s just such a simple win-win: tips for having fun and being more likable when meeting random people. Plus it lets the people you are stuck talking with have a better time too!
Basically, it says to go ahead and be the geek that you really are and curiously let other people geek out about themselves. Hmm, that feels like two tips. Anyways, it’s three somehow. 🤷🏻♂️
There is no right or wrong way to interact with people. There’s only the authentic way — being you; which means connecting with others in a way that feels right for you.
See also: 3 Ways To Improve A Conversation If You’re An Introvert (👉 Ask Open-Ended Questions, Don’t Make The Conversation About Yourself, Improve Your Body Language.
By the way, these tips overlap a lot with a previous post about easy conversation here as well.