Going to a party where you won’t know anyone? Fear not! Check out these 5 tips for the next time you fly solo.
1. Lend a helping hand. Presumably, even if you don’t know anyone else, you should at least know the host. Offering them a helping hand is the easiest way to calm your nerves, make yourself look busy and strike up a conversation. If you’re at a casual get-together (think BYOB), offer to pass around drinks or bring your own to share. After all, everyone loves the guy (or gal) with the cold beverage.
2. Ask for an introduction. If you’re friends with the host, consider asking to be introduced to someone with similar interests, job titles, etc. Since you’ll already have a mutual friend in common, it won’t be awkward. Plus, by asking the host about something you two share in common, you’ll come prepared with a built-in conversation starter. Piece of cake.
3. Fake you already know them. Nervous about chatting it up with complete strangers? If you want to make an introduction, try out this opening line: “You look so familiar, have we met before?” The other person will, of course, say no, giving you the perfect opportunity to begin a conversation. Plus, it’s an easy way to exchange names right off the bat.
4. Offer up a compliment. Asking where someone got their super cool T-shirt or pair of shoes is a quick and easy way to get a conversation going. A simple “I love your ring! Mind if I ask where you got it?” is all it takes. And you can compliment more than just clothing. If you’ve just met, for instance, say something like, “Oh, I love that name. Are you named after someone?
5. Just walk up and introduce yourself. Start with a simple introduction: “Hi, hope I’m not interrupting. I’m [insert name here]” and extend your hand for a friendly handshake. Or just lay all your cards out on the table and say “Hi, sorry to interrupt, but I don’t know anyone at this party and you guys look like nice people … I’m [insert name here].” Then, after introductions have been made, follow up with a question to keep the conversation flowing. For instance, ask for the story of how everyone met the host, then offer up your own — the more specific the response, the better. Instead of saying “we went to college together,” tell a funny anecdote. Before you know it, you’ll be introducing guests to each other!
NEXT: Once you’re feeling warmed up, try out these 5 sneaky ways to swap numbers. Then, get started planning your own get-together by sending one of our online invitations from one of our many invitation galleries.Print