How To Stop Feeling Awkward In Social Situations

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like it or not we have all been awkward at different points in our lives and sometimes that awkwardness gets in the way of connecting with other people or even just feeling confident in ourselves but awkwardness doesn’t have to be the end of the line in fact if you handle yourself well you can turn awkwardness whether it’s just a moment or a way of being into confidence which is what we are covering in this video featuring tom holland now i’m not saying that tom holland is an awkward guy always i’m saying that he is very skilled at turning those more difficult moments around so first off you can improve both your self-confidence and other people’s perception of you in nearly every situation simply by adjusting your body language for instance tom is able to convey a sense of comfort and ease while he speaks by following the three-second rule of eye contact and shifting his gaze to various people and you have to go through an exam process to get into this school which obviously i didn’t do um and she’s like hey man what’s your deal how are you here i was like well let me tell you my secret i’m actually um i’m actually spider-man the three second rule of eye contact says that instead of looking down or away or awkwardly staring at someone for way too long give everyone in a group at least three seconds of eye contact before moving to the next individual now of course this number isn’t exact every single time but it’s the amount of time that generally makes someone feel included in a conversation if you’re listening to someone speak more continuous eye contact is totally appropriate since there’s one person speaking but the three second rule is an easy way to capture an audience even if you’re a bit nervous while speaking you’ll also notice that tom tends to show his palms and gesticulate frequently while he speaks go through an exam process to get into this school which obviously i didn’t do there’s like a couple hundred thousand oh that’s a lot yeah i was like this is amazing not only do his gestures make his comments more intriguing to listen to but in revealing his palms specifically he avoids a trap that awkward and nervous people fall into all the time when you hide your palms it sends a subconscious signal to the other person that you may be keeping something from them and that can result in making you come across as less trustworthy so get your hands out of your pockets especially when things get uncomfortable and don’t grip the podium if you’re giving a speech or a chair if you are seated reveal your palms and you will immediately come across more confidently and more trustworthy now the overarching rule that you can see in all of tom’s body language that is excellent for any time you’re put into a difficult or awkward situation be that karaoke dancing or even just giving a speech is commitment check out tom’s rendition of rihanna’s umbrella mixing up like rihanna and dancing provocatively would make most men freeze and become extremely rigid it’s that fear of being judged or criticized that causes them to subconsciously limit their range of motion and even facial expressions so as to draw less attention to themselves unfortunately it’s exactly that limited expression that signals discomfort and creates an awkward experience for everyone present and especially the people watching you but by committing fully from his dance moves to his facial expressions a scenario that could go terribly becomes one where tom’s confidence shines through and you see the same principle at play with jack black i’ve just been watching the show backstage and going everyone has such good moves yeah and i was feeling the pressure i was like i gotta bust out some moves on the way down there yeah so i don’t really have the moves no you do i thought i’d make up for it with just like commitment so if you do something goofy whether it’s on purpose or by accident your best bet is to go all the way paradoxically by embracing awkward situations fully you show more confidence than every other person on the sidelines which brings us to the times when awkwardness is forced on you for instance when friends are teasing you now in the past we’ve covered how to handle more malicious attempts to make you look bad so you can check out our russell brand or robert downey jr videos to see what to do in those cases but it is very likely that especially if you’re a guy your friends are going to tease you and it’s not necessarily out of malice if you handle these situations poorly you can become the forever butt of the joke handle them well and you can exude confidence and become a leader in your group so in those situations where the teasing isn’t in bad faith a great first step is to just take up more space it’s their time i didn’t know your name was tom i put my thigh next to his thigh so y’all can y’all can see you’re being warm in your expansive gestures even touching your friends but you’re also showing that you’re not afraid to take control on a physical level there’s absolutely no sort of implied threat or violence here but these gestures still subconsciously signal to the group that you’re not someone that they should pile onto second rather than resisting the joke or even shooting back a zinger of your own a very powerful technique is to simply laugh with the group it’s like men in black every 20 seconds we just wipe it he’s very young [Applause] your friends get their aim which was laughter and you get to show that you can separate who you are from the aspect of you that is being teased whether it’s your haircut your clothes something you did in the past you realize that those things don’t define who you are so it’s easier to look at them with an element of humor this is a critical mindset which we’ll touch on more later but just know for now that this is actually what separates the people who constantly get teased from the ones that the group just kind of gives up on if they laugh with it it goes away in most cases but for now to make laughing at yourself even more powerful you’re going to want to double down on the joke this might initially feel like it makes you more the laughing stock but if you try it you will realize that it actually puts you back in control of the conversation just watch like your ear [Applause] major shade true fact in the spider-man costume they actually considered gluing my ears because they stuck out so much what’s amazing here is that you are transforming a moment where people might have laughed at you making you feel uncomfortable into one where you’re showing your good humor and confidence you amplify a joke and spread the laughter and if you have just cracked the best joke people will be listening and reacting to you so you can then take the conversation wherever you like again this is specifically for friends and people who have your back if you feel like the teasing has crossed a line check out one of our other videos to learn how to deal with someone who has crossed into bully territory and this brings us to our third major point if you’re an awkward person chances are the people around you have some pretty embarrassing stories of yours in their brains so rather than let those be narratives told about you which may draw laughter at you it’s incredibly useful to know how to tell a gripping story so friends ask you to tell your own embarrassing stories when this happens it shows a supreme level of confidence since you’re the one comfortably and comically relating what most people would be embarrassed about for instance i have to wear a thong underneath and other than that that’s it you know the first time they ever gave me the thong they’re like here put this on i was like no why would i wear a thong and they were like yeah you have to because it makes the suit look better and i’ll never be the same never be the same again now telling good stories is a huge topic but there’s a couple of things that tom demonstrates that will take your stories to the next level so that you become the one in charge of your own narrative first off it’s likely the case that your body language won’t always be ideal and that is totally fine but as you begin a story activate the confident body language tips that we mentioned in the first point especially if the story involves self-deprecation this has the obvious effect of commanding the attention of the audience but it also is how you signal underlying confidence while telling stories where you literally may be insecure or bumbling watch how tom does it here it’s useless like i was trying to find a pulse i don’t know how to do that i was like she has no pulse oh no she does she does i just don’t know how to always check it second up the emotional impact by choosing high impact words it is no secret that good stories can feel like exaggerated versions of the truth people need a reason to listen to a longer story and incorporating words that have emotion packed into them by their very nature is a simple way to get people paying attention so that you’re not left talking to an audience who isn’t engaged with what you’re saying my family and i went to hawaii in january very nice that’s an amazing trip i wasn’t living at home i rented a house near the studio with my friends um which i think was the best summer of my life because football was coming home i woke up and i panicked oh my god i’m so sorry i didn’t mean to ghost you and he didn’t he obviously didn’t reply for ages because of the time difference in l.a so that was maybe the most stressful day of my life where i thought my relationship with downey was over you’ll also get your audience more engaged if you embody the characters in your story this means body language acting out the events of the story as well as matching their voice type and even their accent but the funny thing is is the director got too excited at times it was like tom can you can you climb up that wall and then do a double back flip off here on her there i’m like no yeah obviously you’re unlikely to have a dialect coach like tom and you’re probably not as good as accents it’s okay since even the attempt goes a long way towards creating humor in the middle of your stories but perhaps most importantly to these awkward stories and to everything else that we have covered when it comes to awkwardness is the mindset that you go into it with if you have the right mindset you don’t need to have the exact technique in every situation since it makes those charismatic habits flow naturally and it’s this 99 of the awkward situations you will encounter in your life are made worse because you’re fighting to be perceived in a certain way if you would just let go of managing people’s opinions most of the awkwardness would disappear so if you’re ever feeling awkward just ask yourself what perception am i fighting right now and then relax in knowing that it’s only a perception of you because your deepest confidence is not based in controlling the perceptions of others but embracing the truth of who you are and just so you know you’re not perfect there’s always going to be things about you for others to criticize or tease or for you to feel embarrassed about it’s in recognizing those less than perfect facts and liking yourself anyway the true confidence is generated so if you can tune into that truth that like everyone else you sometimes do dumb embarrassing or silly or regrettable things you’re going to handle stressful situations social blunders and criticism without having to feel awkward so embrace the truth kind of like tom and i don’t know what i can say i don’t even know how to react to what tom just said there i mean i really don’t what did i just say you said spider-man’s in space oh that thing right yeah it’s really awesome if you want to level up your charisma fast i would definitely recommend checking out our course charisma university the course gives you both the actions and the mindsets that lead to massive leaps in your charisma so the people around you from your work to your social life are going to find themselves drawn to your presence and your confidence now the course is set up so that you spend 20 minutes a day on it for 30 days you’re doing one small thing every single day that builds easy but sometimes counter-intuitive charismatic habits and that’s all while ingraining those mindsets that make those good habits just happen naturally in the future so if you want to join or learn more about that course you can click on the screen here or in the description below this course is truly the most actionable and fastest resource that i have ever made for maxing out your charisma so if that’s something that you’re interested in i hope to see you on the inside either way i hope that you enjoyed this video and i will see you in the next one



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  1. Sorry about the jarring switch to loud R&B music for the dance battle. We got copyright claimed for the original song and this is the best we can do with YouTube's editor. Next time we'll pick sweet royalty free music beforehand. Thanks for watching 🙂

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