Many a time when we meet somebody for the first time or when we are at a party where we do not know anybody, we often feel very awkward and are unable to mingle around or start a conversation.
Generally, people who are shy or lack social skills are the ones who refrain from talking to strangers or sometimes even acquaintances, as they fear that the things they will talk about might not interest the other person. Another reason for this could be low confidence, because of which a person feels very hesitant to approach anybody.
So if these characteristics describe you, and you are looking for some ways to improve your situation, then here are some useful tips for you.
Once you have a lot of information, you can start conversations with anybody by discussing whatever you have read.
Though initially you may not be very comfortable doing it, but with time your confidence will increase. You can start making small talk with strangers everywhere you go, such as in restaurants, while traveling, with neighbors, and with kids. Hosting parties at your place and inviting friends over is a good way to break the ice and to get to know them better.
For example if someone has told you that they are visiting a doctor for some problem, you can start a conversation with them by inquiring about how they are feeling or what the doctor recommended.
Once introductions have been made, you can start talking by asking the person how they know the host. When the other person is talking, make eye contact, nod your head, and give verbal cues such as "oh really" and "that's good" from time to time. If you present a positive body language, any person will enjoy talking to you.
It is important to be yourself. Do not fake anything or try to be somebody you are not. Be confident, humorous, decent, and sound genuine. There is no reason why people will not want to talk to you or be in your company.