Shyness and Networking
Do you dread networking occasions?
You find it difficult to talk to people?
Do you panic about what to say next?
You feel you make too little impact?
Shyness (aka social anxiety/ self-consciousness) is a nuisance and - in extreme cases - a real blight. It can hold you back both professionally and personally.
Shyness can seriously affect the way you think and even the way you feel, drawing your energy inwards, which reduces communication. The result is:
you mumble or rush words so you can't be heard easily
you sink inwards, to take up less space
you can seem disinterested, unfriendly or stand-offish
So how can coaching help? I work through simple, practical ways for you to:
speak clearly even when nervous
feel better about talking to people
develop a new more relaxed way of being yourself
seem more assured and comfortable, so you put others at their ease
have better conversations through listening more effectively
Gradually you'll realise that 'seeming more comfortable' has become reality, and that life has become less effort, happier and much more interesting.
"Jane's relaxed and positive approach combines expertise, exercises, feedback and practice. Fun and very effective - it's made me feel much more confident
Lecturer in English at
Leeds Trinity University