Overcome by Shyness... Press 7 to Delete This Message

The following is a quote from Shakespeare’s  Hamlet: Polonius:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. ...more

A Curtain of Shyness

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

Pushing through Shyness

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. ...more