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How do you practice conversations with social anxiety?

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How do you practice conversations with social anxiety? Having had conversations with 10,000+ strangers over the last decade, here’s one question I get asked a lot: “So, how do I get better at conversations?” And if you have social anxiety like Barbara and I do, things are just a tad bit more challenging… OK, much more challenging. (Let’s be honest for a sec, shall we?) On some days, talking to people can feel like this: Or this: Now, here’s the good news: You can have great conversations even if you feel anxious.

And here’s even better news… The key is NOT improving social skills. It’s improving your ability to accept anxiety and connect despite that.

You don’t have to believe me or even the research (which, by the way, says that most socially anxious people don’t have a social skills deficit — it’s the anxiety that gets in the way.) Just recall a conversation you had with a family or friend (anyone you love and trust, really).

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