Have you ever braved a social event solo? It can sometimes be intimidating but I posit attitude is half the battle to being successful at socializing without a plus one. In fact, it can be freeing to have time to meet new people and not worry if your date is doing ok. So how do you take on this solo social?
You are all dressed up (see pics for some networking looks) and no one you know at the party. Do not stress about it. Shine! I usually scan the room and look for a group that is laughing with lots of gregarious body language. You know who I am talking about - the loud, fun ones! Then walk up to the group of guests and introduce yourself. Say "you look like you were having a such a good time I would love to join you." People are generally nice. You will not get turned away.
When you get into the group (and you will!) ask how people know the host or hostess. That gives good starter to conversation and helps give you context to keep the conversation going. Also being up to date on current events is a great way to ensure no lulls through the night. Everyone likes to talk about their own city and what happening there. Keep it light but interesting with local sports or school activities or events coming to town. You will find you can have a great time not having known a soul at the start.
I think the reason socializing solo seems difficult is because we need our wing man as a crutch. You don't! In fact a wingman can be a hindrance if they are not excited to be there of you feel like you have to take care of them. I think our fear of feeling awkward often keeps us from experiencing new things. So tell that fear to be quiet and go meet some new folks! You can do it!
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M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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