When people actually meet me, the last word they would use to describe me is ”shy.” Vivacious might be a good one, or outgoing, maybe confident…but never shy. I am the person that will walk into a cocktail party, chat up total strangers and have many acquaintances by the end of the night if not a best friend. But I hate doing it. I am the person in a class that will strike up the first conversation because I hate silences and I want every one else to feel at ease, but I detest saying the first w...more
I am a shy person, sometimes painfully so. I am pausing now as I type this, because I can hear sighs of disbelief from a few people who know me. Because I facilitate meetings, lead workshops and have done public presentations (including a few keynote speeches), people who’ve seen me in action don’t believe that I am shy. Oh, but I am.