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Chapter 6. Present Yourself > Join Groups Comfortably

Join Groups Comfortably

In any roomful of people, most of the people will be talking in groups. You certainly can look around to find someone else who is not attached to a group and make a beeline for that person. Barbara, who seems comfortable wherever she goes, says, "When I feel nervous about joining a group, I form my own. I look for someone standing alone and start a conversation with that person."

Or you can join a group. In our workshops, people ask, "How can I break into a group?" We tease them a bit: "Well, first, you find a big sledgehammer . . ." We have chosen not to use the term break into a group. Breaking in implies that you must force yourself on the group, a violent act; joining implies that the group was incomplete without you.


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