Everyone can benefit from developing social skills, but teens and young adults have more on the line that should spark their interest in mastering social authenticity. At Peerless Etiquette, we set the ladder high for our teens and young adults but inspire them at every rung. However, we understand that being a social butterfly and charismatic communicator isn't something everyone is interested in; some people want to get by with the basics and stay off the radar, especially introverts.
So allow me to inspire you to be you...
Being engaged doesn't mean you must speak: You can listen attentively in a group conversation and reserve your comments if you'd like, but if something you hear sparks you to add to the conversation, do so naturally, but you don't need to force yourself. If asked for your opinion and you don't want to share your opinion on the topic in a group setting, say, "I need some time to think about that," or "Id like to learn more about it," or "I'll get back to you once I've had more time to research."
Silence your inner voice that assumes what others are thinking of you: Social Skills are not about entertainment or putting on an act. It's about human connection; at Peerless Etiquette, emotional intelligence is at the core of our curriculum, and we want teens and young adults to remain grounded while being open.
Introverts are usually more mindful and self-aware and must process information before offering insight. You may think this is a bad thing because most people these days are so anxious to show you how special they are, how talented they are, and how much of an expert they are, but do not be pressured to join the egotistical exchanges that aren't generally of any substance. Remain grounded and authentic to yourself while being supportive as an active listener.
I hope this blog post helps you join in the conversation without feeling pressured to be anyone other than yourself.