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• September 09, 2007 | 5:28 PM MDT
After one recent program, a member of the audience approached me with a question. Before it was out of his mouth, I could have guessed the nature of his concern.
“When you have to go to one of these receptions,” he asked, “what to do you do if you’re really shy?”
And why was I so certain this was the nature of his concern? The young man asked the entirety of his question without once making eye contact.
I can only begin to explain just how well I understood and appreciated the fear and trepidation that I heard in the young man’s voice. Though I expect few would guess it, I also am an extremely shy and introverted person. Though I know lots of people gain energy from the give and take of a networking event, for me, they deplete my energy quickly and thoroughly.
From one shy person to another, I shared with the young man some of the tricks I’ve used to become more comfortable at receptions and networking events, including: