Before Scarlett Johansson traveled to Africa to visit with people in a local hospital, she was warned that she might be “disturbed” by what she saw. That type of warning would make me nervous, too!
“I had a bit of apprehension walking into the first hospital. But I soon realized you’re standing before people. They might be very ill but they’re just people like everyone else. Suddenly you’re not aware of how you’re feeling, how you’re going to look. If you let your guard down and stop being aware of yourself, you’re able to really connect with people.”
Yep, that’s the best way I’ve found to deal with meeting new people when I’m nervous: focus on them, rather than how nervous I feel, and my anxiety isn’t so bad (even though I’ve never traveled to Africa to meet with hospitalized patients).
How do you deal with meeting new people?
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