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How to Enjoy a Party as an Outsider

We spend a lot of time on here talking about how our marquees can make your party, in whatever shape or form that may be, better. What we haven’t really done, though, is delve into the party itself.

It may surprise some of you, but not everyone finds it easy to enjoy a party, especially if you’re not in the inner circle”. Generally, if you’re surrounded by your closest friends that becomes a lot easier, but you’re sometimes going to be at parties or social gatherings with one or two friends and a room full of strangers. It’s these situations we’re turning our attention to here, as we look at how to enjoy yourself at a party as an outsider.

Don’t worry, be happy

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Easier said than done, right? The key to not worrying about these events is accepting that it really doesn’t matter if every conversation with a new person goes perfectly. You don’t know these people, so you’re judging them just as much as you’re being judged yourself. You’re never going to enjoy a party again if you pick it apart and analyse it as a history student would a piece of Renaissance literature.

Plus, how do you even determine whether a conversation’s gone well, anyway? Perhaps a lack of awkward silence … it’s not like awkward silence ever did anyone any harm, though. Not worrying about such inconsequential eventualities should help you loosen up a little, which will make you happier and, thus, more fun to be around!

Prepare

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This might seem like a strange point; we’ve just told you to relax, and you’re trying to enjoy a party, not succeed in a meeting. Preparation, though, can help you in many walks of life. It’s not like you need to take a sample of your best moments” photo album along, but it can’t hurt to have a few talking points in mind. For example, being able to answer questions about your job, hobbies, and the like with more than just a shrug of the shoulders.

Become a good listener

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You might be a good listener already, but if you’re not then you should do what you can to change that. Showing people that you’re engaged and interested in what they’re saying will automatically make you likeable, and you won’t need to be loud and super self-confident. It’s not always just about using your ears, either. You could hear exactly what the person across from you is saying, but if you’re slouched, wearing a neutral facial expression while you cover your face with your hands, it’ll seem like you’re really disinterested.

Smiling, nodding, and not interrupting should set you on your way! To enjoy a party, you must also help people enjoy your presence at it. Being a good audience is definitely part of that.

Conclusions

The main points to take away from this piece are pretty simple: try not to worry too much, prepare a little, and make sure you listen. If you can do that, you’ll be well on your way to improving your status as a party outsider.

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