Now think about it: When you go to talk with a possible customer, or you want to present your company and products, you`re right there in the center of attention. If you`re a shy type of person, what do you do?
Many small business owners don`t do sales calls, don`t join groups like the Chamber of Commerce, and don`t "spread the word," simply because they don`t feel assertive enough. They`re nervous about talking with strangers, and all the rest of the symptoms.
I didn`t think about business, but just wanted to be a rich and famous rock star. Since I could play the piano, I started with bands back when I was in grade school. I went through phases, but pretty quickly overcame my stage-fright and became an entertainer.
One community member joined a local theater cabaret. It didn`t matter how talented or not anyone was, it was a way to overcome that fear of talking with strangers. It seems to have helped.
What have you done in your life to help you become more comfortable speaking with people you don`t know? Have you joined something, enrolled in something, or otherwise worked something out? Were you always a bit shy or did you always have an out-going personality?
My grade-school days are littered with the husks of dried up report cards, all saying I was disruptive, talked too much, and didn`t work very hard. And it`s all on my Permanent Record! So I didn`t have as severe a problem as others.
What are some tips to overcome this fear of speaking out in public? :-)