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The truth about shyness: The good, the bad, and the working from home

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Nadia Finer was on stage. She had been invited to speak about success as part of a panel in front of hundreds of teenage girls. The problem was, she realised she hadn’t spoken at all.

The others on the panel were, in her words, “forthright”, confident people with clear views who were dominating the conversation. Then it hit her – if she didn’t speak, 800 people would not hear from a quiet person.

"As I was not speaking, the thoughts were going around my mind… They are just going hear from four loud people and they’re going to have a very quiet, silent person that they didn’t get to hear from and I thought, that’s not right.”

So she spoke, and as she did, she felt the connection with the audience. After all, around half of them could probably relate to the quiet person, feeling a bit too shy to come forward and speak up.

"People are proud of introversion. There’s been a move to it becoming something quite cool. People are taking ownership of it and it’s seen as quite a powerful thing. Up until now, shyness hasn’t had that vibe.”

Nadia Finer, UK's leading shyness expert

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