How to Overcome Shyness and Have Fun Making Friends

Everyone thinks differently and some people take longer to open up. While there's nothing wrong with being quiet, shyness can often get in the way of realizing your true potential.

"The way you overcome shyness is to focus on something so much that you forget to be afraid.

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Start simple Don't put pressure on yourself to become talkative in a week or a month, start with a small goal of 3 minutes of conversation.

Let compliments be your friend When you talk to people, give them genuine compliments. Simple compliments can help you and put the person you're talking to at ease.

Learn new skills Join groups of people you are interested in. This will inspire you and help you connect with many of your peers.

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Identify your strengths Instead of focusing on what you're not good at, focus on your strengths. This will boost your self-confidence. 

Pay attention to latest news News are a great icebreaker, and discussing them can keep the conversation going when you want to remain private.

Make an effort Even the most confident people can feel insecure and make a conscious effort to keep the conversation going when you feel shy.

Enjoy socializing Socializing shouldn't be something you have to do, it should be something you want to do. Enjoy the process of meeting new people, learning about their backgrounds, and talking to them.

Learn to walk away You don't have to force yourself to be around people you don't like, choose who you want to be with, and stay away from those who are negative and picky.

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