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6 Ways to Engage Shy People (or for Shy People to Be Engaging)

Lots of people, like this current blog writer for instance, are either shy or formerly shy people. At Camp Kupugani–our overnight Midwest summer camp pretty close to Chicago, IL and Madison, WI, we recognize this. We want each child to be the best version of themselves, sometimes stretching to do so. Because not every person has the same level of comfort in dealing with others, we found this article from Learning Mind about how to engage an introvert. (Also useful for just any social interaction…) Read our brief takeaways below and/or check out the full article here

  • Compliment the other person
      • A genuine compliment is a great “ice-breaker”.
      • Be as specific as possible.
      • This will help the person feel warm towards you.
  • Share something about yourself
      • This will help the person share something with you. 
      • Don’t ask too many questions.
      • This will develop trust.
  • Ask open-ended questions
      • These can help move the conversation forward.
      • Use words like “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how.”
      • Really listen to the person’s answers.
  • Ask about hobbies and interests
      • This gives the person a chance to share something they like.
      • This question is personal but not too personal.
  • Try talking about current affairs
      • Start with a big event that happened in your area.
      • Talk about movies or books you both may have enjoyed.
  • Talk about common acquaintances
    • Use personal connections to start the conversation. 
    • Don’t talk only about other people.

Source Article:  https://www.learning-mind.com/topics-to-talk-about-introvert/

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