Have you ever tried to be more confident when you have social anxiety? If not, let me tell you that it is quite possible for you to be more confident if you learn how to be more confident when you have social anxiety. Here are some tips that will help you achieve your goal:
o You can never be too prepared. Social anxiety is not an illness or a disease; it is just a situation where your mind goes into overdrive and starts worrying about how people are reacting to you or other people around you. If you know that you are going to have this uncomfortable situation, then you should prepare yourself by getting a good night’s sleep, practicing what you have to say before speaking in public, making your speech as short as possible and not rehearsing what you are going to say.
o Practice your speech in front of a mirror. It may sound silly to do so but it will really help you feel more at ease. Imagine that the people who are listening to you are going through the same situation as you are. When you act like everybody else, you will come across as though you are one of them. Just think about how nervous people get when they are called on for the first time. You will also find that you will have a much better interaction with other people once you are able to think like other people.
o When talking to people, use good grammar and spelling. When you talk with complete sentences and using correct grammar, you will come across as more confident. This is because grammar helps you focus on the main idea behind what you are trying to say instead of having to check whether you have said everything correctly. Many people with social phobia have a very limited vocabulary and thus, become very self-conscious when they have to use a new word or phrase. They therefore try to write down everything they think of and hope that it will not sound grammatically correct.
o When you are speaking to large groups of people, imagine that there is someone right next to you. This person is your friend. Imagine that you can talk to this friend for hours without feeling shy. You should always strive to make friends instead of being shy around other people because this will help you overcome social anxiety
o Think positive. Having a positive frame of mind is very important. This will help you overcome negative thinking and will help you gain confidence faster than negative thoughts. Negative thinking will not allow you to see things from a different perspective. Positive thoughts will allow you to see things from other people’s perspectives.
o Focus on the task at hand. Focus on completing your task and give yourself some room. Focusing on the task at hand and not your social anxiety will increase your performance and also allow you to come up with better ideas. Think about other people in a positive manner and this will increase your social anxiety as well.
If you follow these tips, you will start to see positive results very soon. Consistency and patience are keys when dealing with people. Learn to manage your time effectively. You will be more effective and confident. These tips are just a few of the many ways to overcome social anxiety. Focus on the task at hand and use your head to think positive and you will find yourself succeeding.