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Shy? Introverted? Hate public speaking? Take heart: you’re no Nenshi or Weiner. Why reserved people often make great public speakers.
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi recently learned the hard way that being gregarious has its downside. One can only imagine what he was thinking using rather salty language to describe his feelings about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to a total stranger. Was he feeling a little too relaxed? Did he enjoy the “inside baseball” feeling of dishing? Does he just not know when to button it?
Many of us, especially shy or introverted people, admire people who seem to command attention before others. But people with the gift of the gab can often be their own worst enemy (see examples below).
More importantly, their misplaced words often rob their organization of important momentum or drive it into chaos. And they seem to do it repeatedly, often needing to back track, even walking back the back track, as Volkswagen had to do recently.
If you consider yourself a reserved person, know this: you are probably a better spokesperson or public speaker than you think. Albeit with sweeping generalizations, shy or reserved people are: