I May Have A Networking Phobia

Hi my name is Alisha and I'm afraid of people. Yes this may make me sound extremely crazy but the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right? And I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way sometimes. As I'm getting closer to attending my first bloggers networking event next week my anxiety is on a whole different level. networkingphobia

I have no issue with being around people (clubs, bars, parks) but when it comes to one on one interaction and having to start conversation I mostly want to run into a corner and hide. Especially if I'm by myself in a place where I don't know anyone. Which I will be next week. I think I may just be a tad bit socially awkward, you know the girl with the nervous smile. I'm just afraid of not knowing what to say and I definitely don't wan't to be the one who just looks like she has been misplaced. I enjoy being able to bring someone along, having a friend there is awesome during those awkward moments. But recently I've learned that using that crutch isn't going to get me where I want to be with my business and blog. I need to get over my networking phobia and TALK for the sake of my future. Even though I may be nervous now, the great thing about recognizing your fears is that normally the situation isn't nearly as bad as you thought it would be. I'm hoping for that extra boost of confidence so I can make the best out of this opportunity. If you have any tips for getting over your networking phobia please let me know!

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