This has been an ongoing issue for me, but doesn’t always happen every time. I have anxiety and one of the issues I have is when doing “introductions” as in, introducing myself professionally to others, especially if they’re people I don’t know, I will flip flop over my words and mentally have a melt down. I find that if I’m expecting introductions, sometimes I can prepare for them and jot down notes so I don’t look like a total fool.
However, that doesn’t always work, especially if I’m caught off guard and know an introduction is coming (on a skype meeting for example), and I jot notes, those minutes until the baton is passed to me, I am freaking out! Of course trying not to show it on my face but yeah…
So I just had one of those meeting intros where I feel like I made a total fool of myself, and compared to the rest of my co-workers, I feel like it makes me look less reliable as a developer because I can’t even get words out of my mouth like wth… Once the intro is over, my face gets hot and I’m trying to do all I can to disguise it and also ignore the “OMG now they all hate you” voice in my head and I hope everyone has instant amnesia and wipes my horrible introduction from their minds as the meeting progresses. It can continue to bother me for the rest of the day and at worse, days at a time. It really affects my confidence - or is it confidence that’s affecting me? Chicken or the egg?
Either way, any helpful tips for getting better at these introductions, especially when I’m not expecting them with people I don’t know? I don’t want my anxiety to give the wrong impression about my work or professionalism. Thanks so much in advance for any advice.