20 Simple Social Skills That Will Make You Instantly More Likable

Make light of the situation

Many times, when you’re nervous, one minor slip up can feel deeply embarrassing.

If you’re in a group of people and have an embarrassing moment, poking fun at yourself can help lighten the mood and make others laugh, says Quora user Karim Elsheikh.

Elsheikh said he used to be socially awkward as a child, yet taught himself simple tricks to better behave when meeting new people. “Don’t get weird about this by constantly insulting yourself,” he writes. “The point is not to take yourself too seriously when you mess up!”

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