I am one of THE MOST awkward people. And not always in a quirky, Jessica Day from New Girl kind of way. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized more and more that networking and having to talk to people I don’t know is a requirement of adulting. In How Awkward People Can Start Non-Awkward Conversations by Drake Baer, he gives a couple tips on how to not be awkward, or at least how to start on a path to not being awkward.
Baer talks about desensitization therapy in this article as a way to grow out of your awkwardness. Believe it or not, I used to be really bad at social interaction all together. In middle school, I could barely give a proper presentation without feeling like the world was ending. As I moved through high school, and especially art school, public speaking has definitely gotten better for me because I kept getting exposed to it in small doses. I think as long as I keep that up in terms of networking, things won’t seem all that scary when I graduate.
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