When You Join a New Group

Listen First, Speak Later

Sometimes, people who are nervous or uncomfortable seek to hide these feelings by talking early and often. Most times, they talk too much. However, the better approach when you’re nervous about meeting new people or finding your fit within a new group is generally to listen.

Ask for Help

Whatever role you play in the new group, whatever your responsibilities, try to be more than willing to accept help and listen to advice from others.

Volunteer

In new and uncomfortable circumstances, volunteering to do more, to help out, and to be responsible tends to be an important strategy that facilitates your entry and acceptance into the new group.

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