If you have no clue what you're doing with regards to meeting new people, it's definitely a good idea to buy a few books and educate yourself.
But here's the catch.
Reading too much can actually do more harm than good. Information overload causes analysis paralysis.
What you'll want to do is to prioritize your learning and stay focused on the task at hand so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
For example, if you’re a total beginner, just focus on getting out of the house, making eye contact, and saying "hello" to strangers.
If you’re a bit more intermediate, aim to make some small talk and try to have longer conversations with people that you talk to.
Lastly, if you’re more advanced, work on adding some friendly banter and flirting in your interactions whenever you can.
What you'll want to do is to learn the right things at the right time in the right order.
If you can't even maintain eye contact properly, you should not be reading any advice on flirting because you won't be able to implement it.
Does that make sense?
Break down what you need to do until it no longer feels like such a big task.
Only consume enough information to act on and that’s it.
Otherwise, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and you end up not doing anything at all.