Party anxiety? Nope. Not anywhere we go. Calm, cool, calm and collected is our mantra and here are a few tips to help you conquer any room according to our own room-owning expert Lance Avery Morgan…

  1. When you walk into a room, especially one with many strangers, think of them simply as potential friends you have yet to meet. Keep your head held high, shoulders back and act like you own the joint. If you don’t, no one else will do it for you.
  2. Find your host or hostess first when you get there and always, before you leave to thank them for having you at their event.
  3. When you meet someone new, repeat their names back to yourself to help you remember it. People love to hear their own names. Using it often is endearing.
  4. Try not to interrupt others while they are speaking. If you do, it means you aren’t really listening and valuing what they have to offer. Tune in, man.
  5. Unless you are easily mesmerized by a new special someone, circulate. Move around to meet and chat with others every 15-20 minutes.

  1. Listen and really make a connection, if you can, with people you meet. We’re all human and engaging in others shows the best in us all.
  2. Ask engaging questions to find out about others. You can ask them what their favorite concert of the last year was, or, if they had an opportunity to be a talk show guest, on which late night show would they want to appear?
  3. If you know celebrities are going to be at a party, make sure you Google them ahead of time to know what they are currently working on or have coming up. There’s nothing worse than referencing an incorrect movie-actor connection. A great source for that information for your L.A. parties is the Internet Movie Database at imdb.com.
  4. Always carry some info on a calling card. It doesn’t have to be a business card, so a personal card is fine. It shows you really want to stay in touch with people.
  5. Leave while you’re still having fun – always, always, always. That’s the secret of a stylishly well-lived life; everything always in proportion.

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