How to Be the Life of the Party

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Whether you're at a house party with a handful of friends or a nightclub with scores of people you don't know, committing to being the life of the party will get you noticed. Don't try to get attention for the wrong reasons, such as being the master of the keg stand or dressing too provocatively. Instead, choose your location wisely and use the right body language to ensure you'll be invited to the next party.

Location Is Key

  • When you arrive at the party, take up a spot in the center of the room. This location, according to Cosmopolitan magazine, indicates that the focus is on you. You'll likely begin to notice that people start to gravitate toward your location. Don't stay frozen, though. Relocate every 15 minutes, whether it's to grab a drink or find a spot to sit, and people will notice your movements. Engage with various party goers and be open to an impromptu karaoke session or dance competition -- the life of the party is always spontaneous.

Body Language Matters

  • Part of being the life of the party is having open body language. Smile frequently and increase the size of your smile when you greet people; they'll instantly feel valued. Casually touching fellow partiers on the arm or shoulder as you emphasize a point in your story can be effective. Avoid nervous body language such as not making eye contact or crossing your arms. These movements indicate you're closed off, and people won't want to hang out with you.

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