I used to and then learnt to be one of the first to arrive, that makes all the difference. you then get to talk to the other people that are on time, before they all get into their little groups which are hard to break into if you arrive later.
I would have no problem with this. In my job I have attended many functions, seminars and conferences alone and have no trouble mixing. Networking was always a big part of the job and I lost my discomfort for it many years ago.
Although it is not my favourite thing to have to do,I never seem to have any problems with it, I have had to attend many functions when I was working,and I would not know a single soul.There would usually be others in the same boat,and somehow we always seemed to gravitate towards each other and find things in common,even if that something is simply not knowing anyone!!!
I would say it depends on many different factors. What the occasion is, what my role is, how I'm feeling that day, whether I want to be there or not.....
And none of that is different if I'm with someone or not. It's entirely variable depending on me!
It depends on what is going on and how many people are in the room. If it is a large group of people at an informal gathering, then I don't feel awkward at all. If it's a small group of people I do feel awkward if I don't know anybody, unless somebody throws me a bone and attempts to engage me in the conversation. I love people like that!
No, not at all! Am fortunate to have the confidence to do so, with aplomb! Will speak to someone there that I know & take it from there. If it's a room full of 'strangers' I'll just join a smal group & fall into their conversation!
Makes no difference if someone with me, would follow same procedure!
Has never failed me yet!