Monday, 9 March 2015
How to Survive an Event Solo in 3 Steps
I wasn't supposed to be at this thing solo. I was supposed to roll in with my colleagues - a dymanic trio, Then they got stuck in a meeting and I had to go alone. EEP! Flash back to the fifth grade when everyone was in on the joke except for me. But I mustered up some courage, got in a cab and headed off to the party.
I arrived to a sea of chatty people munching on some beautiful hors d'oeuvres and sipping on complimentary wine. I wanted to be one of these people, so I harnessed my friendliest energy and walked in.
Step 1: Get a glass of wine. You'll start to feel like part of the crowd for just participating in a communal action.
Step 2: Scan room for anyone familiar. It's easier to start up a conversation with someone vaguely familiar than with a total stranger. Consider it your warm up.
Step 3: Taste the food. Firstly, it gives you something to do. Secondly, it can be your conversation starter " Have you tried the________? It's fantastic!" Boom. Conversation rolls from there. And I promise, after the first random conversation the others will come a lot easier. Especially if you go from one glass of wine to two.
Just as the party was winding down, my colleagues arrived and were impressed that I had gone it alone. I proved to them and myself that I could do it. I even had a little fun.