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What I Do When I Feel Self-Conscious

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Ever have those moments in life where you feel awkward? Or times when you are with a group of new people or an event full of strangers and you feel totally self-conscious?  I think most of us, other than you uber-extroverts, occasionally have these kind of moments.  In fact, I just had one this past weekend so I wanted to share my tips for moving beyond it . . .

I attended an event with about 150 other innovators, entrepreneurs and really cool people.  There were not many people I knew there, but I love hanging with a like-minded crowd and making new friends.  I had a blast and loved spending four days lap-top free, yet there was one moment when an old feeling of self-consciousness crept up on me

What happened was one day when everyone was hanging out at a lake house, most of the new friends I had made scattered off to do other activities and I found myself alone. This used to be a HUGE trigger for me and I would find ways to avoid the situation completely by making myself invisible (go to the bathroom), or by making myself seem otherwise engaged (get out my phone to distract myself even if I didn’t have any emails or texts to read).

Because I really do not want to be invisible or distracted and I naturally skew more toward being an introvert, I have had to learn ways to overcome self-consciousness in order to fully engage in group situations. Here is my strategy that I offer to you:

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