Be The Thing People Want
But just as I pulled up, he called me to tell me he couldn’t make it.
And the party was a friend of HIS friend, so I didn’t know anybody.
So, what did I do?
I played a game with myself. I looked at my watch, and gave myself an hour to get everybody’s name.
Did I make it? No, I didn’t.
But the reason I didn’t was pretty interesting. Seems that just by setting that internal goal, I was getting “caught up” in conversations with people. Pretty soon I started to think to myself, “Geez, I need to get out of this conversation, as I still have people to meet.”
Other times, I’ve gone places, even with friends, and just sat there looking around.
Waiting for something to happen.
And what happens if you sit around waiting for something to happen? It usually doesn’t happen.
Because when it comes to social situations, that seems to be everybody’s game plan. Wait around for somebody else to make the first move.
Since in the first instance, I was the one making the first move in every single conversation, people didn’t want to let me go.
I was the “thing” that they were waiting to happen.
Now, you don’t have to meet everybody every time you go out. But ANYTHING is better than just kind of winging it and hoping something happens.
Think of going on a mental scavenger hunt. Try and collect things, like three hobbies, three jobs that people have, or anything else like that.
That way, you’ll remove the BIGGEST social fear people have. And that is rejection.
If all you’re doing is trying to find three different hobbies, the ONLY way you can get rejected is if nobody has any hobbies, or everything thinks their hobby is a matter of national security and won’t tell you unless you’ve been cleared by the CIA.
See, when most people talk to somebody interesting, they really don’t have a specific goal, other than to “be accepted.”
So long as you choose any other goal, that will push your default fears to the back of your brain, where they won’t bother you.
And once you start walking up and talking to people, they will see YOU as the most charismatic and magnetic person in the room.
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