Some steps to becoming more outgoing include smiling more, being genuinely interested in other people, asking questions and paying compliments, according to Code of Living. Make an effort to join in your co-workers' daily chat at the water-cooler, and balance listening with contributing, states the Huffington Post.
When you meet someone for the first time, says Huffington Post, make eye contact, briefly flash your eyebrows upwards to show you are friendly, and approach with your palm outstretched, ready to shake hands. Begin the conversation with a simple, opening question such as asking the person where she comes from or what she does.
Smile when you first meet someone, emphasizes Code of Living, and really focus on what she is saying so that you can ask follow-up questions to keep the conversation going and show you are interested. Adopt the habit of paying people genuine compliments and work on your self-confidence by telling yourself that you are just as interesting and have as much to contribute as anybody else.
Develop your self-esteem by practicing conversations. Huffington Post suggests you head for the place where work colleagues gather, such as the break room or water-cooler, and join in the chat. Make it a daily habit to initiate conversations with strangers as you perform everyday tasks like paying for groceries. You can become more outgoing and increase your feelings of self-worth as you learn to enjoy chatting with people on a regular basis.