People have been spending so much time quarantined in their homes. Gone are the regular meetups with friends or chatting by the water cooler in the office. Video calls and Livestream concerts have replaced corporate and social events. For some, it may have been months since the last time they have had physical human interaction.
Social isolation can take a toll on a person’s socializing skills. These include the art of conversation, getting to know people, relating to them, and generally being a fun person to be around. As you try to decode the tricks to a good conversation, here are a few things you can do to avoid being boring in different areas of life:
In Your Room
There’s nothing wrong with minimalism-with its neutral colors and conservative designs. There’s also nothing wrong with bold colors and printed furniture. You can strike a balance between two extreme styles by merely adding accents. Spice up a plain room with an accent wall. A cheap wallpaper with a print of your choice can add a pop of color and personality to your room. An accent table can be a subtle touch since you can fill it with trinkets, frames, and plants.
When you meet new people or talk to anyone, the last thing you want them to be is disinterested. There are so many factors that contribute to the conversation, but Psychology Today offers some points:
- Complain less
While venting is a good way to relieve stress and other negative emotions, you should learn how to gauge a situation. A close friend knows to listen to you for a long time, but someone you just met can only stand a few minutes.
- Ask follow-up questions
There is nothing wrong with admitting you do not know something, or you’re curious to know more about a topic. Besides, research has shown that people love being asked follow-up questions.
- Don’t strive to be perfect
In the age of social media, flaws are refreshing. By showing that you’re not perfect, the other person sees your relatability, and this opens up more room for conversation.
In Fashion and Style
Finding one’s personal style is important because what you wear is a way of self-expression. Some people find inspiration from magazines or the internet. Others love wearing couture or luxury brands only. There are those who love classic looks, while others are more risquÃ©. A good way to discover your style is to experiment. Play with patterns and colors. Mix up a basic tee with a bold statement piece. Along the way, pay attention to what makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. You can also take note of the pieces that gain compliments. At the end of the day, it boils down to what you prioritize: comfort or looking iconic. You can also do both.
Whether you’re on a first date, at a party, or hanging out with friends for the first time, you’d want to be interesting. Although what makes a person interesting is relative, being able to hold a conversation and presenting your personality is essential in socialization. One can only be truly interesting when they stay true to who they really are.