As an introvert, would you like to become more of an extrovert?
Do you want to enjoy activities without feeling like you have to hide in a corner?
There’s no doubt about it, socializing gets overwhelming for introverts. It can suck the life out of you and leave you with no interest in socializing regularly.
While there’s nothing wrong with being an introvert, it’s hard to get to know new people if you aren’t willing to change. And, it’s also hard to grow professionally or even ask for a promotion.
Luckily there are a few secret hacks you can try to become more of an extrovert. It doesn’t mean you have to like it, but who knows — after getting your feet wet — you might love it!
Embrace who you are, but don’t be afraid to improve yourself. It’s okay to grow and change as an individual. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
1. Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Even if you don’t see yourself becoming an extrovert, put yourself out there.
That means you should go to get-togethers with bigger groups of people. Socializing should also include attending work events once in a while.
Taking the first steps when you arrive can be uncomfortable. Instead of running away (we know you want to!), drum up the courage to meet new people.
Pretend that you love being social, and you may find yourself enjoying it!
If you start to feel overwhelmed, take baby steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Try again soon so you can focus on becoming more of an extrovert!
2. Practice Smiling
Smiling goes a long way for an introvert because it encourages people to approach them.
If you’re at a get-together, make eye contact. While making eye contact, be confident, and smile. Making a point to smile prompts people to make conversation.
And, professionally, this will help business associates to feel more relaxed around you. So give it a try!
Smile and people will want to get to know you because you’re doing your best to relax and enjoy yourself.
3. Make Time to Relax
Since you’re an introvert, you’re used to feeling drained after outings.
To get used to being more social, you’ll still need to make time to recharge your batteries.
Before and after socializing, get in the relaxation zone. Staying calm will help you focus when on outings instead of feeling overwhelmed.
Your relaxation time may entail reading a good book or taking a nap. Do whatever it takes to unwind. If you’re relaxing after being social, you deserve your “me time!”
4. Stare at the Mirror and Practice
Okay, we’re not suggesting you have to stare at the mirror every time and practice. But, it can certainly help you work on your confidence!
While looking at yourself in the mirror, practice projecting your voice. And, use some non-verbals. Focusing on perfecting these skills can help you prepare ahead of time.
Hey, they say practice makes perfect! So, give your pretend audience a good show.
By the time you venture out, you’ll be an introvert who’s rapidly becoming an extrovert.
5. Create an Escape Plan
Becoming an extrovert won’t happen overnight. And since it could take a while, have an “out” planned in case it gets too overwhelming.
You can do this by coming up with a valid reason you need to leave by a set time. For example, let the host know that you have another engagement in an hour.
Having an escape plan can make you feel less stressed out. And if you’re feeling calmer, you should be able to enjoy yourself during the outing.
6. Be an Active Listener
Part of being an extrovert is caring about what others have to say.
As an introvert, you're likely already good at showing interest in the conversations you have.
Use this to your advantage!
Your excellent listening skills will make people want to get to know you better. And if that happens, you're on the fast track to acquiring extroverted skills!
7. Harness Your Strengths
When you attend social events, focus on your strengths.
For example, if you know a lot about a specific topic, weave that into the conversation.
Or, better yet, go to events that center around your interest.
Taking part in a get-together that has people who have the same hobbies will make it easier to connect.
8. Join a Club
As we previously mentioned, getting to know people at an event that focuses on your hobby is a great idea. Well, it’s the same way if you join a club.
Use a club or focused event as an opportunity to improve your people skills. It'll undoubtedly help you embrace becoming more outgoing.
It's a lot easier to talk about your interest at a club. If it’s a cooking club, for example, you already know what you'll be discussing.
Although there's no need for you to be afraid to talk about other topics as well!
9. Put Your Phone Down
Distractions are everywhere during an event, especially on your phone! Even though you may get tempted to escape by focusing on your phone, try not to do that.
At any event, you should give people your undivided attention.
Otherwise, you'll have a harder time connecting with anyone.
Staying glued to your phone during an outing will defeat the purpose of socializing.
Remember — your goal is to become more of an extrovert!
In closing, learning how to become an extrovert means stepping out of your comfort zone.
To become more outgoing, focus on ways to make that happen.
Don't develop behaviors that change the person you are. But instead, these newfound habits should help you become a better version of yourself.
Apply these secrets, and your introverted self will thank you. You’re finally on your way to becoming an extrovert!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at 7403 and has been a team member since the doors opened in the community. She takes great pride in the management team, providing superior service as well as establishing and maintaining relationships between 7403 and local businesses.