Think of some of the worst things in your life. Some of the things you hate. Going to the dentist? Your idiot boss? Rush hour traffic? The slimy film on pre-packaged cold cuts? All of these things are pretty bad--especially the latter. But there's something plaguing your social life, too, and it's not your subpar karaoke skills. It's the realization that making friends as an adult is hard. In fact, I'd go as far to say that making friends as an adult is the worst.
In a world where communication has become mostly digital, having conversations with people IRL can conjure anxiety in some people. Especially when you're used to typing away a response that you've had plenty of time to think about, you might freak out at the thought of trying to contribute to a smooth, organic conversation. If you're one of those people who shudders at the thought of a room filled with potential business or social connections, this post is for you. Here's how you can be a better networker.