Mr. Cosgrove called Olivia’s name, and she made her way to the front of the class. It was time to give her presentation. She was prepared, but once she got up in front of everyone, her knees started knocking and her palms began to sweat.
A lot of teens are shy, especially when they have to step out of their comfort zone in school, at their
part-time job or on the sports field. There’s nothing wrong with getting butterflies when you’re in the spotlight, but if you’re having difficulty making friends, or just want to come out of your shell a bit more, here are some tips:
- Practice makes perfect. Open up more to the people you’re comfortable with, such as close friends or family members. Once you see how much they love the real you, you’ll have more confidence in conversations with new people.
- Fake it until you make it. Even if you’re not feeling especially outgoing, a big smile can make you seem like you’re confident.
- Be a good listener. Even if you’re shy, you can be a good conversationalist. How so? By listening! Ask good questions, and really listen to the answers. The more you converse with others, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
- Embrace your shyness. It’s OK to be introverted. If you are comfortable with yourself, maybe you’ll still be shy, but you won’t be embarrassed or anxious about it.