Start with a handshake
A proper handshake conveys trust, respect, and equality. Make eye contact, smile, and shake from the elbow (shaking from the wrist comes across as limp). Touching hands signals our brains to release oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that promotes bonding and friendship. Don’t miss these secrets your body language reveals about you.
First, look for singletons
People standing by themselves are the best option to approach, followed by groups of people who’ve left their circle open and welcoming. Two people standing shoulder-to-shoulder and groups of people that are closed off in a tight circle are likely not open to newcomers. Here are other tips for how to join a conversation at a party without looking awkward.