Questions like: “How do I introduce myself to people when we are in a group?” and “How do I step out of my comfort zone when I’m about to meet new people?” can be present in our life. These can be surpassed in different ways. I have thought since I was young that getting involved in projects and activities is a good way to make friends. I discovered later that being active helped me learn to be open-minded, to listen to other opinions and to start a conversation without having any fear.
However, going to university had an impact on me and my confidence in speaking up what I believed as the people who I interacted with were more professional and I was unsure about myself. There were moments when I attended events with lectures and teachers and because I did not know anybody I felt a bit uncomfortable, but what helped me most was keeping a positive attitude and thinking that I can learn something from the other people. In this way I managed to take the first step and once I started a conversation I realised how much I was enjoying it, as the information was new to me and attractive.
These are some tips for breaking the ice that helped me through time.
Be friendly, smile at the others and engage in the conversation. If you are attending an activity try to get to know the people around, they may be some nice people with whom friendship can be created.
Volunteer in your community, school or events that you think you will enjoy. By getting involved in volunteer activities I learned that conversation will come naturally and being the one to make the first step is never wrong.
Participate in workshops for personal development, it is another way to surpass the fear of making conversations. Getting together with totally unknown people who have the same goal will help. Learning and receiving advice is always helpful in personal and professional development.
We all have certain times when we believe that we will not succeed in completing a goal that we have, but by starting small great results can be achieved. I kindly suggest getting involved in activities, be the one to break the ice in the conversation.