I can be very shy indeed. One to one I’m fine, in a group of people in the pub I’m okay but the moment I’m faced with a work meeting, or a talk or even going to a Q&A where you have the opportunity to ask a question in front of a group of people… I freeze, turn red, my mind blanks and I worry everyone is going to think I’m an idiot. I think this is my main problem, I always worry that what I’m saying isn’t valid/I’m not explaining it very well or it’s just plain dumb, so I say nothing, which isn’t good. That, or I worry so much about being asked a question that I don’t listen to anything that’s going on.
It’s very likely that in the near future I’m going to have to do more of this kind of thing and I’ve noticed that a lot of you seem really good at it! I would love some advice and tips, or just reassurance that a lot of people feel the same way. Argh, help.