“Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others.”
For many years I was socially awkward, and the idea of going to parties would paralyze me with fear. I wasn’t good at small talk, and felt anxious about being surrounded by so many people.
Yet I quickly realized that if I wanted to grow my business and share my message I would have to conquer my emotions. So I came up with a few tricks that would help me to feel comfortable, engage with others easily while being authentic. I realized it was the art of charm that I wanted to cultivate.
With the party season in full swing, chances are you’ll be faced with an awkward moment, or the fleeting thought of even skipping out altogether. I want to offer you a few tips that changed my experience at a party and helped me to look forward to my next invitation:
1/ Wear Something You Love: Wearing about outfit you love can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin. This is the first step to a great party. Nothing is worse than spending the evening wishing you could change clothes.
Walking into a crowded can be a trigger for anxiety and leave you feeling like a deer in the headlights. Arriving early gives you a chance to meet others and help the host with final preparations while it’s still quiet.
3/ Pretend you’re the hostess:
A hostess has an air of confidence about her that puts everyone at ease. Channel your inner hostess by introducing yourself to others, serving drinks or taking coats. A hostess is always on a mission, which keeps you from getting ‘stuck’.
4/ “Tell me more…”:
These three words invite a deeper conversation and create a feeling of connection. Everyone loves to talk about themselves and giving them the chance to do so makes you memorable for all the right reasons.
Being approachable and friendly invites conversation and puts others at ease. Sometimes you have to fake it ‘til you make it, but after a while it should come naturally.
May all your parties be a success!
Mary Michele is wearing a gold dress and jewelry from StyleFinder Boutique. The boots are model’s own.