The following is an excerpt from the post Top Ten Strategies ANYONE (Including Introverts) Can Use To Connect! which can be found in it’s original form here.
Many people don’t realize that connecting with strangers is not a natural gift, but rather a skill to be learned. It’s true: ANYONE can learn to become a connector; regardless of how shy or introverted they are, if they are willing to force themselves out of their comfort zones even just a bit. By doing so, they will quickly learn to over-ride the fear, anxiety and shyness often associated with meeting new people. And before you roll your eyes and think, “Oh, it’s easy for you,” I have to tell you it’s not.
Trust me when I say that I get it: I understand that for many people, boldly approaching strangers is a fear-inducing-anxiety-filled-panic experience. I watch my son Tristan go through this on a daily basis; he’s painfully shy due to his muscular dystrophy and being worried that people are looking at him funny. But when he does let people in and makes friends with them, they are blown away at what a funny, humorous, wise, smart and charismatic guy he is… and he is all those things, and much more.