5 Tips for Dealing with Shyness

By | November 11, 2013

girl hiding behind her handsDealing with shyness can be difficult for many people, especially those that are forced to stare their problems with communication in the face every day as a result of their work. Overcoming shyness is one of the most important things that you need to do in order to make progress in your career, as all but a few careers involve interaction with people of both sexes. In order to help you progress in your career, here are five tips that can help you to deal with your shyness:

1. Find out what is making you shy. Are you suffering from anxiety, or is a lack of self-confidence the thing that is stopping you from communicating effectively?  Do you lack an understanding of how to behave in various social situations, or are you just uncomfortable in most places and situations? Understanding the reasons for your shyness will help you to overcome the problem, as you will be able to correct the problem by addressing its cause.

2. Be your best. Many people think that they are shy due to the fact that they don’t have anything to offer people, but striving to perform your best in every area of your life will help to build your confidence that you really are good at what you do. While you may not master every skill or trade, being the best at what you do will help to boost your self-confidence. If you want to overcome your shyness effectively, then strive to be the best at what you do. You will find that the affirmation of others in your professional life will carry over into your personal life.

3. Get rid of labels. A surprising number of people are labeled by friends and coworkers. Are you the “guy who gets to work late”, the “girl who always wears casual clothes”, or the “shy person who can never talk to strangers”? These labels can stick with you for the rest of your life, and you will find that these labels will actually get in the way of healthy interaction with those around you. Others are not the only ones that hang labels on you, but you tend to label yourself as well. To deal with your shyness, get rid of external and internal labels.

4. Revel in your uniqueness. There are many things that make you unique from everyone else around you, and these things are what make you a person that will be interesting to those with whom you come in contact. If you can be grateful for the things that make you unique, and you can highlight these things, you will find that you will become interesting for those around you for these things.

5. Body language and attitude is key. Surprisingly, you will find that pretending to be confident will play a great part in your actual confidence. If you stand straight, hold yourself erect, and look confident, you will find that you will actually begin to feel confident. Fake it until you make it, and you will find that your acting confident will transform itself into real confidence.

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