Confident conversations and socialising

Ever been to a party or social occasion and felt self-conscious, not knowing who to talk to or what to say? Well, you’re not alone. Many people worry about social situations such as striking up conversations with people. Even people who appear to be the life and soul of the party can feel insecure on the inside when venturing into unknown social territory.

Most folks would like to meet new people and make friends. Fortunately, social skill is precisely that – it’s a skill. Professor Bernardo Carducci at the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University has interviewed thousands of people who experience shyness and he believes that no one is born shy. Which means that social confidence can be taught, ...

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