By Lionel Yeo
Soooo I was lucky enough to get a short work stint in London (long story), and I’ve been here for a couple of weeks. Here are some interesting observations I had:
- Cyclists are basically killer ninjas on wheels who will silently assassinate you from the back if you’re not looking
- Go to any English pub after 4pm and there will always be a crowd of people standing outside and drinking, even though its 10 degrees outside and they’re wearing just a T-shirt
- The accent makes me feel like adding “ahhhhhh” to everything I say
One good thing about being in a totally new environment: I get to try little social experiments that might seem weird to my friends and colleagues back home.
And so this week, I decided to try to improve my social confidence.
Why Is Social Confidence So Important?
I’m an introvert by nature, and I actually hate small talk. I can fake it if I have to, but it usually feels a little forced and awkward. As I’m making small talk, my mind is always racing through a thousand different thoughts:
- “What do I say next? Think of something smart to say!”
- “What does this person think of me?”
- “WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER …read more