How does one... mingle?
June 7, 2007 9:32 PM Subscribe
How does one mingle effectively?
posted by Effigy2000 to human relations (25 answers total) 138 users marked this as a favorite
I suck at mingling, which is bad, since I go to a lot of functions for work (often attended by many important people) where mingling is expected. So often I tend to hang out with the few people I do know, before making a quiet exit. This is because I tend to be more comfortable around those people (I often say I’m an extrovert except around people I don’t know) and because I can’t see how I can just insert myself into a conversation already in flight without looking rude or looking like a stunned mullet while I stand around waiting for an ‘in’ on the conversation.
So I'd like to learn to mingle more effectively. So please, share your tips for mingling! How do I start a conversation with a group of people I don't know (or barely know) while they are in mid-conversation without looking like a putz? How do I overcome what is obviously a level of shyness in introducing myself to people who are often quite important?