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Overcoming Shyness - the 7 Simple Tricks

Aug 17, 2007
Many people struggle with overcoming shy. It can effect every aspect of your life, especially your interaction with other people.

Being shy can cause you to miss out on friendships, fun experiences and learning new things. Shyness can cause you to have underdeveloped people skills and lacking communications skills as well.

The following list explains seven great ways for overcoming shyness.

1. Practice body language.

Body language is a big part of conversation and an easy way to start overcoming shyness. You do not have to say anything just use your body to respond. Once you feel comfortable using body language then you can move on into conversations.

2. Figure out why you are shy.

The best way to fix a problem is to figure out why you have the problem. Getting to that reason will allow you to be able to fix problems and start getting over being shy.

3. Simply pretend you are not shy.

This is where acting skills come in useful. It is best to try this with people you do not know. When we are with people we know it is easy to play the shy part, but with strangers they do not expect you to be shy so it is easy to act as if you are outgoing.

4. Make yourself feel and look good.

If you enter into a social situation feeling confident about yourself it is much easier to be more outgoing and drop the shyness.

Make sure you make it a point to leave your house everyday feeling good about how you look and feeling like a wonderful person.

5. Be positive.

Dropping negative attitudes goes a long way towards helping you in overcoming shyness. You will fell better about yourself and others if you look at things in a more positive light.

This also includes dropping worries that you won't know what to say or do in a social situation.

6. Learn to be comfortable and relax.

Simple meditation exercises may be useful to stop uncomfortable feelings. Some people also find tricks, like imagining people without clothes also helps.

Being able to relax will allow conversation to flow easier and people are drawn to those who seem comfortable in a situation.

7. Watch social interactions.

Watching others who are not shy will help you see how to not be shy yourself. You can take away much information on what to say or what body language to use.

These seven pointers can help you in overcoming shyness. Putting a stop to being shy is a process and because it is part of your personality you may have to work a long time before you feel completely at ease in social situations.
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Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report: 10 Simple Steps to Developing Communication Confidence. Apply now because it is available only at: overcoming shyness
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