With the holiday season approaching, you're likely about to get a slew of invites to social events. But holiday parties can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, even for extroverts, as we all can be somewhat apprehensive about having to rub elbows with people we don't know well.
"Holiday parties … let the insecurities start flying, from our ability to have a good conversation to whether you have spinach in your teeth," says life coach Kelsey Murphy. "Thoughts about our hair, our dress, our intelligence, our choice of career path — we second-guess all of it before we throw on our heels and head out the door."
But even if you'd rather watch Netflix and chill than try to make small talk with other people, you don't have to dread these holiday get-togethers: They can be fun opportunities to meet interesting characters and maybe even make a new friend or two. Here's your step-by-step cheat sheet to cocktail-party confidence.