How to Approach People

Lesson Twenty-Four

Being a part of the yearbook committee often forces students to step out of their usual comfort zones. While doing so can be scary, it is typically a very beneficial experience. One of these “out of the comfort zone” experiences is having to approach other people. This includes: conducting interviews, getting names for pictures, and even asking for donations to the yearbook committee. Whether approaching other students, teachers, or parents, this can be a very stressful situation.

In order to make these situations less nerve-racking, we have gathered some tips to better prepare your yearbook committee.

  1. Pay attention to your body language. Using confident poses will make you and the person you are approaching feel more comfortable.
  2. Plan what you are going to say beforehand. Remember that practice is key. Practicing with other members of the yearbook committee will help prepare you significantly. Planning what you are going to say will make you more confident and less likely to stumble over your words.
  3. Stay focused. If you are not fully engaged when you are approaching someone, it may seem like you are uninterested and that you don’t respect them enough to give your full attention.
  4. Establish trust first. The person being approached can sometimes be just as nervous as the person approaching, and it is important to help them feel at ease. Using broad questions and general small talk is a good way to form trust, so that they, too, are comfortable.
  5. Make eye contact. This is another way to assure confidence and trust. Not making eye contact will most likely make the person you are approaching less comfortable and less likely to stick around to answer questions or talk.

We hope these tips help your yearbook committee confidently get out of their comfort zones!