Because I am an introvert, socializing is not exactly my strong point. I prefer more intimate settings with deeper conversations; I do not really do well with “small talk.” I would much rather a few close friends, over having several friends that are a more shallow friendship. With that said, I am not gifted with initiating conversations. It is just not a skill I was naturally given. I always dread having to initiate conversations with strangers – it is just awkward!
Something that would probably help make these experiences less difficult, would be practice. As everyone says, practice makes perfect! And the more you do something, usually the easier it gets. It would also be a good idea to have a plan for the conversation – keep a list of potential questions, topics, and other such things in my mind, that way, I’m not just standing there awkwardly, not knowing what to say.