Not a natural extrovert? No problem! Some of the world’s most successful people are shy, says entrepreneur and coach Annie Ridout. Here’s how to follow their lead and use it to your advantage…
As a young child, I was shy. I’d hide in the folds of my mum’s flowing skirts rather than join in with the party games. When well-meaning adults leant down to talk to me, I recoiled. I wanted to be left in a safe, quiet space and only emerge when I felt ready.
As we mature it can be harder to identify shyness, maybe because we expect people to grow out of it. This means it can become buried and feel like a source of shame.
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