Social Anxiety: 2 Questions That May Help Reduce Your Social Anxiety by Jennifer Coken

Social Anxiety: 2 Questions That May Help Reduce Your Social Anxiety

Anxious around people? Here are two questions I use that help me relax, get to know people, make new friends and identify new business contacts:

  1. When meeting someone new I ask, “What’s new with you THIS WEEK?” Asking what’s new in the past week gives people a recent experience they can talk about. Who doesn’t love talking about themselves? If they don’t have an answer then try question No. 2.
  2. “Anything new in your life to celebrate?” This gives people an opportunity to be in the space of gratitude and happiness. According to Dr. Marianna Pochelli, “thinking positive, happy, hopeful, optimistic, joyful thoughts decreases cortisol and produces serotonin, which creates a sense of well-being. This helps your brain function at peak capacity.” What a great way for people to remember you, as someone who made them feel happier. Only that’s the trick; you simply asked a question that led them to create their own happiness. Cool, eh?

Remember, before you ask those questions, have your own answers because inevitably the person you are talking to will ask you the same.

Get more tips about social anxiety via JenCoken.com.

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Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I just love this, Jennifer Coken ! Thank you for sharing it with us. And welcome to our community of writers. We are thrilled to have you!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I never knew the term "social anxiety" existed until a few years ago. I think it's a great thing to be aware of, because many of us struggle with it. Thank you for sharing these helpful ideas with us, Jennifer Coken . So happy that you are part of our #30Seconds tribe. I look forward to learning and growing with you!

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