I’m a recovering shy person. I was such a shy kid. I’m a true extravert. I love people. I get energy from being with people. And I’m a recovering shy person.
I was a Ph.D. psychologist doing therapy, talking to people about their deepest pain, yet I couldn’t figure out how to chit chat in the grocery line.
Worst of all – parties were a source of complete discomfort unless it was a group of people I already knew well. I love people. I want to be with people, but I couldn’t get from “hello” to any sort of meaningful conversation.
This is the book that saved me.
I read this book at 33, and it changed my life. I still think of the techniques by name, i.e. “Never the naked city.”
A year after I read this book, I slipped back into nervousness before a Chamber of Commerce event and called my husband in mini-freakout mode. His response, “Oh honey, you haven’t read your book lately, have you?” I picked up the book, reviewed 5 techniques, and successfully navigated the party.
There are a handful of books I’ve recommended hundreds of times. This is top of my list. Get it. Read it. Live it.