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How To Deal With Nerves When Meeting People

Oct 19, 2007
It is very difficult to manage your nerves when you meet people but with effective communication skills, you will be able to manage these nerves properly even under pressure. Being nervous when you meet people is certainly normal.

Although this is true, you must know how to handle it. If you do not manage your nerves properly then something normal can turn into a catastrophe in no time. When you communicate with someone, you have to calm down and here are some tips that you might want to keep in mind when talking to someone new.

1. Relax. The person that you are talking to is a person just like you. This person may be just as nervous as you are. If you want the other person to calm down then you might want to take the initiative of calming down. You have to relax when you meet people. If you do not relax when you meet people, you are simply making matters even worse.

It is difficult enough to talk to someone that you have just met. It gets even more difficult if both of you are nervous. Calm down and the person you are talking to will likely calm down as well. This person will certainly appreciate it too. You may bring out the best in this person when you calm down.

2. Play your part. If you introduce yourself as a banker then be a banker for the first few minutes of your conversation. The person you are talking to does not have an idea where you come from and what you like or dislike. This person only knows that you are a banker and he or she will be asking questions pertaining to this.

Once your conversation carries on, other things about the person will emerge like likes and dislikes, background, and hobbies, among others. Respond to the given information accordingly. This will help you make things more predictable and less nerve wrecking. When you make your conversation predictable, you can start making constructs and strategies on how to handle the conversation. When you have an idea on how to handle something, your nerves are managed better.

3. Do not lie. If you want to become more nervous during a conversation with someone then all you have to do is lie. If you want to sabotage your conversation with someone and give the impression that you are some sort of criminal, swindler, or con artist, then all you have to do is lie.

If you are nervous and you lie then everything gets compounded. Not only do you make yourself look bad, you even lose integrity to everyone that knows this person. You certainly do not want this to happen to you. If you are talking to someone then the last thing that you want to do is lie. If you are nervous then you should not compound your nerves by lying. This will only make things worse. Be sincere and tell the truth because this is what every human being wants to hear.

Engaging into communication with someone new may certainly be very nerve wrecking for an inexperienced communicator. If you want to manage those nerves when talking to someone then these tips will certainly come in handy. You should not be afraid of people because they are simply just like you. You will not make a fool out of yourself on the next time you meet someone new.

Just keep these pointers in mind and you will be in good hands. You can practice these pointers so that your communication skills will certainly become enhanced.
About the Author
Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report: 10 Simple Steps to Developing Communication Confidence. Apply now because it is available only at: conversation starters
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