HOW TO HOLD YOUR OWN AT A PARTY

So you’ve fol­lowed your friend to a hol­i­day shindig where she knows ev­ery­one and you know... her. Stick your phone back in your clutch, and learn how to work the room.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - PARTY SPECIAL - SOURCE: PSY­CHOL­O­GIST IRENE S. LEVINE, PH.D., PRO­DUCER OF THEFRIENDSHIPBLOG.COM

Cre­ate a base Re­quest that your friend in­tro­duce you to at least two cool peo­ple she thinks you’d re­ally get along with be­fore she starts min­gling. If she does leave you on your own, you’ll have th­ese two safety bud­dies to re­turn to. Com­pli­ment a guy on his OTT party out­fit He’s just wait­ing for a hot­tie like you to com­ment on his ironic T-shirt. Give him the at­ten­tion he craves, and his friends won’t be far be­hind. Com­plain just a teeny bit Stud­ies show that peo­ple bond faster over a shared griev­ance, so turn to the girl on your right and tell her how much you’re re­gret­ting wear­ing brand-new heels to a stand­ing-room-only party. Work the girl an­gle Ask that group of friendly-look­ing girls how they know the host. You’d be sur­prised—they may have just met each other too, and will be ready to wel­come re­in­force­ments.

Hit the bath­room line Ev­ery­one gets stuck wait­ing in it. Crank up the charm and you’ll have this cap­tive au­di­ence at hello.

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