I'm an introvert and sometimes when people are having conversations I usually tend to not engage. However, currently , I wanted to change my behavior, to be more social and engaging. And not to be silent all the time when in a conversation.
But it has been quite difficult for me to join in a conversation. Few months ago, I was with a group of my friends in a restaurant, some I have known since high school some I have seen a few times.
While we were waiting for our food , my close friend started a conversation with the friend of his. I was sitting next to them, and listening on the conversation. They were discussing the ongoing trade negotiations with US and China , I tried to join in the conversation.
But wouldn't the US gain more by doing XYZ...
They both looked at me for a moment, and continued on the conversation like I haven't said anything.
I am not sure if its because of they didn't expect me to speak as I am an introvert, or If I am just being rude. I really want to be more engaged in social situations but I often get ignored.
Would there be any good guidelines on joining a conversation?