October 24, 2013 David Morin

How to Become a More Popular Guy in School

Popularity is more than what you do or your interests. It’s about the confidence you carry yourself with and the ability to manage different social situations well. If you are struggling with confidence, here are some tips on how to be a more popular guy in school.

Begin by developing self-confidence to become popular in college

College is an excellent time to meet new people. Although you may feel anxious because you are in a new environment, you can have peace in knowing that you are not the only one feeling this way. With this in mind, it’s important at this stage to build your self-confidence. You can do this by finding others that share common interests. Look for school groups, sports teams or community activities where you actively engage with others easily. Through this experience, you will gain friendships and build better social skills. In turn, this can make you more confident when meeting new people.

Don’t be afraid to try new things

It’s hard to try new things and put yourself out there. By doing so it can make you feel insecure and anxious that others may not accept you. However, that fear of rejection can keep you from pursuing the things you enjoy and developing wonderful friendships in the process. If you are anxious, take baby steps toward your goal. For example, if you want to learn to play the guitar for your school’s band but are too afraid to play in front of others, start by finding a guitar instructor and build from there. When you take little steps, it helps you build the confidence needed to thrive in a variety of social situations.

Learn how to be more likable

Your popularity is more based more on your attitude than others’ perceptions of you. If you are positive, approachable and get along well with others, they are more likely to interact with you and become friends. It’s important for you to be respectful, positive and engaging with others. This is an important skill to develop because after college it can help you become more popular at work.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself

Being popular doesn’t mean you have to subscribe to a certain set of personality traits or do specific school activities. Being yourself means that you are confident and comfortable in who you are and that you won’t alter your personality to fit what others want of you. While some may not like your way of thinking most will admire you for having the confidence and courage to be who you are.

Ultimately, these tips can help you learn how to be a more popular guy in school. With this in mind, remember that being popular is more about you than it is others’ perceptions of you. If you can develop confidence in yourself by taking small steps toward your goals, you will notice over time that social situations don’t make you as anxious and you are more comfortable speaking with others. Furthermore, by understanding who you are and by not conforming to what others expect from you, you are setting a great example for others to follow and they will notice.

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