The simplest way to gain entry into a conversation is also fairly intuitive: Show that you want in. Make eye contact, ask open-ended questions, display welcoming body language, nod appropriately, and offer pleasant feedback, suggests an article in Psychology Today. Do you speak body language? Learn the signals you might not realize you’re sending.
Ease your way in
Open the door into the conversation gently, advises April Masini, relationship and etiquette expert in New York. “Don’t enter with a rant, an extremely negative comment, or your own story,” she says. “And watch for response to your entry. You’ll see who’s interested in you and what you’re saying and who isn’t. Non-verbal cues in these group situations are extremely valuable. If someone seems interested in what you say, follow up with them.” These magic phrases can help keep conversations from getting awkward.