Everyone suffers with that nervous feeling whilst meeting someone new; it's a perfectly normal feeling. It is human nature to get anxious whilst facing the first introduction, that face to face meeting of a stranger.
So just why do we get nervous? Because we are trying to impress! No-one likes rejection. The feeling of rejection from a stranger is what makes us so nervous in the first place!
Below are some tips to help you push those nerves to the side:
1. Take a friend with you.
The thought of having to walk into a room and meet new people can be enough to make you vomit! Try to avoid the nerves by taking along a friend along with you. That way you are not alone and even if the person that you're meeting turns out to be a total loser, you have the back up of a friend!
Yes I know what you're thinking, all that bendy stretchy stuff is nonsense; well you couldn't have been further from the truth! Yoga is a great way to relax your nerves, after exercising you will feel confident enough to meet new faces.
3. Remember they are only human!
It's very easy to forget that the people that you are going to meet are really just human; there is absolutely no need to start to panic and worry about the way they will perceive you. When you panic that's when things start to take a downhill slide.
When you are not feeling relaxed then your brain can't function properly, you start to forget things and begin to clam up inside.
5. Make a list
I don't mean turn into a nerd! However, if you know in advance that you have an appointment with someone new. If there's the slightest chance that you will start to get nervous and you need to ask questions, simply jot them down on a piece of paper!
This will help wave goodbye to those nerves. It's great to do this when going to a job interview, perhaps a doctor or midwife appointment.
6. Treat yourself to a new outfit
New clothes and a new image mean a new opinion on things; you will feel confident and efficient with your new image.
If you look good on the outside then you are planting the seeds for success on the inside! You will be surprised what a new outfit can do for you.
7. Be yourself
A common problem whilst meeting new people is that we tend to want to impress a little too much. An example would be a man trying to impress a woman; he might go a little overboard and try to make the image a little too big!
If you don't be yourself and stick to your values, then the person that you're meeting will ever know the true you. Don't be fake it doesn't get you anywhere in life. You will impress today and tomorrow will look like a total fool when the truth comes out.
8. Remember that you can't impress every one
Although you would love to it simply is not realistic to think that everyone can be impressed. Life is full of ups and downs; it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like you.
9. Positive thinking
If you are feeling positive and don't allow negativity to kick in then you won't have the, what if and buts. Positive thinking is the way to go!
Life is short and you really can't afford to waste time thinking about how others perceive you. If you are happy then that's all that matters! People don't bite; meeting new people is a part of life that you have to get used to.
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 for a limited time only at: communication skills