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What to Do When You're New by Keith Rollag

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ALWAYS A NEWCOMER

Over the course of your life you will likely find yourself in newcomer situations thousands of times. And in almost every new situation you will have to introduce yourself, remember names, ask questions, start relationships (no matter how temporary), and perform new things in front of people you don’t know.

A little bit of anxiety about doing these things is actually a good thing. When you’re nervous your brain releases a tiny bit of adrenaline that flows through your body and helps keep you focused and alert. But too much anxiety can cause you to:

• Perform poorly.

• Not enjoy the experience.

• Avoid subsequent new situations.

If you feel that you’re more anxious in new situations than you want, do you really wish to experience ...

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