Avika Sharma Asked
When I approach new people, how not to get nervous in front of them and be smart and confidently answer them ????
Shilpa Ahuja Answered
Hi! There are two things here: one is the initial nervousness one faces while talking to new people. And another is keeping the conversation interesting and meaningful. The first can be easily dealt with through practice. Before you talk to someone, it’s great to simulate the situation beforehand, and think of what you’re going to say. Like introducing yourself and all.
The second is something you can’t do with practice. I believe confidence here comes from thinking that it’s okay to say what you want to say, and say it clearly.
If you’re too worried about being judged, you won’t be able to be yourself. So try to be polite, humble and yet, try to say your point. It’s a different situation in every conversation.
When you have clarity of thought, you’ll be able to answer someone easily. And don’t worry too much. Everyone has impromptu conversations and not all of them will go well. Just make sure that you be yourself, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Listen more in conversations, ask the other person about themselves, and understand their point of view too. Practise a lot by talking to more new people and soon it’ll become easier! 🙂
Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]