Start with Options
As a college student, it's a good idea to take some time to get to know some fellow students. Get off campus, catch a movie or do some shopping together. When you do this, you'll have an opportunity to get to know them better. You'll also have a chance to show them your leadership skills. Here's how. When you're out as a group and everyone’s getting hungry, don’t make the mistake of asking them where they want to go to eat.
Invariably, someone is going to say, “I don’t know.” Then someone else is going to say, “Let’s go to _______.” (Fill in the blank with any restaurant.) Which will be followed by a negative comment from someone else, such as, “I don’t like that place,” or “I went there yesterday.” Now everyone is moving towards hangry.
Instead of repeating the above conversation, try this. Simply start off by stating, “Let’s get something to eat. We can go to _____, or ______, or ______.” (Each blank will be a different restaurant option.) For example, you could say, “let’s go to Panda Express, Pizza Hut, or Chick-fil-A.”
By doing this you will provide specific options for people to choose from, which will help facilitate a faster decision. And as a secondary benefit, it will steer the group away from restaurants you don’t prefer.