Meeting a friend’s parents can be intimidating if you have more in mind.Trying to impress them is more difficult.Children, teens, and adults are often unsure of themselves in these situations.It is almost certain that your friend’s parents will be wondering how they can find more friends like you with proper preparation and the right game plan.
Step 1: Do you know the parents of your friend’s friends?
You wouldn’t pass a pop quiz in a class you’d never taken before, would you?It is not possible to say no.This situation is not different.Learn everything you can about your friend’s parents.This applies to both their careers and personal lives.It’s important to engage in a conversation with them later.
Step 2: Find common ground.
The rest is cake if you know a little about them.If your friend’s mom is starting a business, you should ask her about it in the context of your professional goals.There are ways you can relate to your friend’s dad.It will be easy to have a conversation after this tip.They will do 1/3 of the talking.The more they see in you, the more likely they are to like what you see.
Step 3: You have to dress the part.
It is not saying to dress like a job interview, but to leave your FBI shirt at home.Be presentable and clean.Don’t wear anything that is suggestive.Make sure that the scent you wear is mild.They’ll think that you’re putting on a show for them if you overdress.Don’t underdress.Dress up if you’re unsure.When a polo would have done, wear a button up.When a tee shirt would have been acceptable, wear a polo.
Step 4: Make eye contact while looking at something.
Establishing a connection between people requires proper eye contact.It can be seen as having something to hide or lying if you break eye contact or nervously look away.Don’t keep your eyes locked for too long.It’s considered to be either sexual or confrontational to maintain long eye contact.
Step 5: Correctly address them.
“Sir”, “Ma’am” and “Mr./Mrs” are used.The last name is +lastname.Don’t take this for granted, as they may tell you to address them by their first name.Unless they give you permission, you should always address them with respect.Even if they allow you to use their first name, use the standard proper terms.It’s a good idea to say Sir or Ma’am when you say your first name.Sir, excuse me, I mean John…”
Step 6: You should engage in appropriate physical contact.
Give hugs and shake hands.Don’t be overly touchy with either your friend or their parents, but avoiding contact altogether will make it appear as if you are unsure of yourself.
Step 7: Follow the rule of common courtesy.
“Thank you” and “I’m well, thanks, how are you?””, go a long way, and are a lost art.”When appropriate, excuse yourself and hold doors.If your hosts do, remove your shoes as well as your hat when entering the house.Give credit to your parents or authority figures for raising you properly if you are praised for your good manners.If you don’t know what to do, ask!They will see you as thoughtful and conscientious.
Step 8: Continue to maintain proper posture.
This seems straightforward, but really isn’t.Don’t sit down.If you cross your arms, you can make yourself appear defensive or standoffish.A good posture will make your friend’s parents feel like they can connect with you.
Step 9: Don’t be quiet in conversation.
Your homework comes into play here.Knowing the background of your friend’s parent is important at this point.Ask them about their interests.If possible, draw parallels to your own.You have several goals when talking.It’s important to distinguish yourself in a positive way.You will try to establish a relationship with your friend’s parents.It makes your job easier if you allow your friend’s parents to do most of the talking.
Step 10: Talk about yourself in a humble way.
If you talk about yourself in a genuine way, you don’t need to avoid “humblebragging”.Being unafraid to talk about your interests, goals, and accomplishments will show you that you are confident in yourself.Your friend’s parents might be interested in learning more about you.You are friends with the most important person in the world!
Step 11: Common interests are highlighted.
Your friend’s parents will want to know what makes you and your friend close.If it is positive, don’t be afraid to show them.It’s good to talk about a love of sports or music.They want to know that you connect in a healthy and meaningful way.
Step 12: You should be a good influence.
In their childhood and teen years, this is the case of friends.Parents of children and teens worry that their child’s friends will be bad influences, but good influences are very valuable.Responsibility and an awareness of long term concerns are needed.
Step 13: Show your friend what you can do to meet his needs.
This is also true of romantic partners.The parent of your friend’s child wants to see their potential partner as someone who can help and complement their child.
Step 14: Show your love for your friend.
It shouldn’t be difficult if you are friends.You should show that you care for your friend’s feelings.Give your friend’s parents a way to see that you have their best interest at heart.Discuss how you met and what makes your friend stand out.Discuss plans that you and your friend are trying to make, and bring up the future.