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Daneen Skube

If you listen well, you'll have no trouble in groups

Q: I find it difficult to break into groups of people at work where people are talking. I'm shy and can't think of ways to join the group. I have a social job and my inability to join groups is starting to hurt me professionally. I just find it awkward and uncomfortable. How can you break the ice with a group when you enter a room? A: I advise clients facing this problem to be aware of how much people want to be validated and hear their thoughts echoed. A very easy way into any group is to listen to what's being said and use this information like a wave to ride into that group. For instance, a group of people may be talking about a summer vacation at the beach. You can...