7 Ways to Feel Less Awkward in Social Situations ...

Do you hate leaving the house, because you never know what to say when you get stuck in a conversation with another human being? Well, with a little work, that can change. Socializing with others, whether it's a cashier or your crush, isn't as difficult as it seems. Here are a few ways to feel less awkward in social situations:

1. Prepare Beforehand

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If you're worried about a teacher calling on you in a certain class, study the class material so that you'll have the right answer. If you're worried about looking like a loser at a party, think of some topics to bring up before you head out the door. If there's nothing interesting going on in your life to talk about, look at some news or tabloid websites to see what the latest stories are.

2. Dress to Impress

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The better you dress, the better you'll feel. Why? Because you're going to have much more confidence. If you're dressed in stained clothes, you'll be self-conscious when talking to people, because you'll be wondering if they're judging you. So if you wear something that makes you feel great about yourself, you'll have one less thing to stress about.

3. Always Ask Questions

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Being the only silent one in a group can make you feel awkward. If that's the case, you need to find a way to speak up. If you don't have anything interesting to add to the conversation, you can always join in by asking questions. People love to talk about themselves, so it's always a good method to use.

4. Use Your Cell as a Crutch

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When all else fails, your phone will be there for you. If you're sitting alone at a party, you should get up and mingle. But until you get the confidence to do so, text on your phone so that you feel more comfortable. Just don't spend the whole night on that cell. Eventually, you want to gather the courage to actually socialize.

5. They're Oblivious, Not Observant

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You have to realize that people aren't as observant as you think they are. If you spill water on your dress, laugh it off and wipe it off. There might not have even been anyone who saw you make the mistake, so don't get too embarrassed over it. The world doesn't revolve around you, so even though you'll assume everyone's laughing at you, they're not.

6. Get out More

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The more often you socialize, the better you'll get at it. Stop turning down invitations to parties and telling your friends you're too busy to see them. It's good for you to get out of the house, so be brave and go for it. It'll be less scary the more you do it.

7. Don't Dwell

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If you make a joke that falls flat, don't let it bother you for the rest of the night. It happens to everyone. Keep telling jokes, and eventually one will get the laugh you've been waiting for. You don't want one little thing to ruin a fun time, so try not to dwell on anything embarrassing that you end up doing or saying.

Even social butterflies have been in awkward situations, so don't feel like you're alone. These types of things happen to the best of us. Are you awkward when it comes to social situations?

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