1. Don’t focus on your feelings as they’ll likely grow and dominate the scene.
2. Remember that your fears are in your head – and the people you are with want to get to know you better.
3. Remember all those times when you’ve overcome your fears – and picture what you did, and how you felt when things went well.
4. Start up a conversation by noticing or commenting on something nice or cool about the person you’re with.
5. Ask general open questions (but make sure they’re not too personal.) For example, where they’d like to travel to, or what they’re studying.
6. Smile, be polite, and be interested in others.
7. Take the pressure of yourself, take your time to join in, and don’t feel you have to be something that you’re not.