Meeting new people can be an uncomfortable situation. I mean there are so many different types of people you live in this world. Having to decide what comes out of your mouth when you first meet someone or if you have to say something to impress them. It’s very stressful situation, right? Well guess what, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I recommend being you from the being to the end of an encounter with someone new. Real people a appreciate meeting real down to earth people. If you are shy don’t pretend not to be shy when you meet someone, just don’t be too shy. Especially in a business encounter, sometimes shyness can come off as fear. You don’t want to seem like you are afraid when talking business.
Someone once asked me, what I would do if I met someone with tattoo all over their face and piercing everywhere and they came up and said hi to me. I thought to myself for a moment. What would I do? We have to ask ourselves why people do things like that. Some do it for religious reasons and others do it for attention. A good icebreaker in situations like this is to just acknowledge it. Ask questions about it. If you do it will eliminated the awkwardness between you and the person. Also, you could learn something new by asking.
I once worked at this very well known mall in Dallas, TX. A lot of rich people came through there almost every day. I don’t know whether I was afraid of them or maybe I was just embarrassed because I wasn’t rich like them. I thought that they would look down on me or say mean things to me because I was poor. I don’t know why I thought these things when I was younger but as I’ve grown I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who feels this way at times. You have to understand these people at just like you and me. They just have more money. Most likely if someone is snobbish towards you, it has nothing to do with the fact that they are rich and look down on you. They could just be having a bad day. No matter if you’re rich or poor, when people have bad days they tend to take it out on other. Also, people are sometimes not as rich as they look, remember that.
If you live your life not judging people by how they look and how they dress, you will find that it is much easier to talk to people. Always be yourself, and if people don’t like that then that is their problem to deal with not yours. There is no reason why there should be any awkward tension between you and any other human beings!