A lot of people are shy and this proves to be an impediment in making friends. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The fact is you can make friends despite being shy.

If you’re shy, making conversation with new people and building friendships can be problematic. Sometimes, it may seem like you’ll never be able to have the social life you want, and this only makes you clingy and depended on your current friends.

Fortunately, there is hope Shyness does make it harder to make friends, but it does not make it impossible. As a communication coach, I can tell you that I’ve met and worked with plenty of timid people who have fulfilling social lives despite their timidity.

The fact is that you can work your way around shyness, or even use it in your favor, and I’m going to teach you in this article how to do this successfully.

Use Your Friends to Make Friends

The most comfortable way to meet new people is through the people you already know. So, use the friends you already have to make new friends. Create new connections using your present connections.

You may not have a lot of friends right now, and they may not have a lot of friends of their own that you don’t know, but anything is a good start. As your circle of friends slowly but surely gets bigger, it becomes easier to meet even more people.

What you want to do is to ask your friends to help you meet new people by introducing you to some of their other friends. If they know you’re shy and they’re willing to help, they may also go the extra mile and after introducing you to another person, they’ll help you kickoff the conversation and break the ice.

Admit You’re Shy

It’s amazing how supportive people become when you admit to them that you’re somewhat shy and it’s not the easiest thing in the world for you to open up. This is why it’s a good idea to acknowledge your shyness if you have difficulty making conversation with a new person.

What nearly all people will do is to actually help you out. They’ll be friendlier; they’ll ask more questions, listen more and encourage you to talk. You see, most individuals can empathize with timid people. Being rude or cold to them would just seem insecure or idiotic. Being positive seems the right kind of behavior.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Most of us think that shyness can hold us back from being social and outgoing. But this is simply not true. Shyness will cause us to be somewhat apprehensive when we want to start a conversation or be expressive, but that doesn’t mean it can stop us from doing that.

You have the option to go against your shyness. Even if, for example, you feel uncomfortable talking about yourself, do it anyway. Resist your fear, push yourself beyond it and do what you want to do.

With shyness, this is possible because unlike social anxiety, shyness generates significantly less uneasiness in social situations and by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you can be social and make friends despite feeling shy. This is particularly true if you face your fears gradually.

In addition, as you gradually face your shyness and do the things you tend to avoid, this helps you challenge the limiting beliefs that support shyness and to overcome it. Thus, you open up even more possibilities for yourself to meet people and make friends.

Author's Bio: 

Eduard Ezeanu is a communication coach specializing in social success. If you enjoyed this article, also discover the art of starting a conversation and learn how to get out of the I have no friends group from two first-class articles on his People Skills Decoded blog.