Laughing, socializing and dancing at the yearly Christmas party is a great time for all. Except for those who aren’t really people persons. Christmas parties can be a scary experience for the socially introverted. If you’re a wallflower, these events are anything but fun. You don’t know what to do, what to say or even where to stand. You find yourself hovering around the buffet, which is bad for your diet and your image. It’s OK, you can get through it. It’s just a few hours. In fact, with these five Christmas party socialization tips, you may even enjoy it.
1. Play make believe. So you’re a bit lax in social skills. Believe me, nobody knows that but you. Why not spend the evening sharpening your acting skills? Be the life of the Christmas party. Sweep your friends out onto the dance floor. Float around the room socializing with every party guest. Make a silly speech. Initiate a party game. Tell a funny story. Pretty soon, you’ll forget you’re an introvert and start having fun.
2. Have a glass of wine. A glass of wine or two might help loosen up your inhibitions just enough to get you through the night. Be careful though. If you’re socially introverted, there may be a lot of things you’re holding in. I’m not suggesting you get rip roaring drunk at the office Christmas party. Nobody likes that guy or gal. You’re just trying to break out of your mold, not be the subject of water cooler discussions for weeks to come.
3. Something to talk about. Come to the Christmas party with something to talk about. Have several ideas in your head of what to talk about before you leave for the party. Be it current events, something funny your toddler did, or just a crazy video you saw online, have something interesting to say. Keeping up with current events helps you relate to the stories of the other party guests too.
4. Body language. For some people, body language is second nature. For the socially introverted, it’s a learned skill. Look people straight in the eye when you talk to them. Lean forward to show interest when they’re talking. In fact, make sure your feet are pointed right at the person you’re talking to (no matter how much you want to run and hide). All these things will make you appear confident at the Christmas party, even when you’re not.
5. Believe in yourself. Have confidence in yourself. Avoid filling yourself with dread. Talk yourself right into the fact that it will be a fun night. You are no better or worse than anyone else at the Christmas party. The more you believe you can get through this, the more successful your attempt will be. Practice projecting self assurance in the mirror at home. Even the most socially introverted people look better with confidence behind their smiles.