If a cutie tries to talk to you at a party, do you get so nervous that you run the other way? Does the thought of talking to new people at an office picnic make you break into a cold sweat? You may be dealing with a case of the bashfuls. While there’s nothing wrong with being shy, it can keep the world from knowing what an amazing personality you have! Overcoming shyness is not about changing you who are, but rather changing your actions to better connect with people. As someone who has struggled with shyness, I can tell you that it can be an obstacle both personally and professionally. Career-wise, being too timid can keep you from networking effectively, speaking up in meetings, and can even make you seem incapable of leadership. On a personal level, being shy can keep you from meeting new friends and can make dating even more uncomfortable. However, you can overcome your self-consciousness to become more assertive and self-assured. Here are some tips to begin your journey.