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Thanks so much Raspbernie! That was great to watch (yes...dial-up stinks!)

Thanks also for the post performance interview - shows what computers know! Now if only the record labels would learn from that!

Great songs (fast or slow) sell themself - truer words have never been spoken!

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I think I became a "performer" to conquer my shyness. Once you walk onstage you either sink or swim. Strangely, there's a certain anonymity performing before thousands of people that makes it very easy for me. It's almost impossible for me to sing in front of a small group of friends. Go figure. ec

Johnny Carson was known for bieng uncomfortably shy in a party situation with a few people, but in front of a huge audiance he could open up with no problem...

Jeff

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I've been in radio for most of my life...And in that time i've interviewed thousands of people...Some of them have been celebrities...I've been in plays and musicals in school...No problem...I can stand in front of a huge crowd and make a speech or introduce the band...Easy as pie...But get me in a room full of people in a party situation and i head straight for the loneliest corner...Sometimes I feel like a stranger...even when i'm with people i've known for years...So yeah...I'm one of those who has no problem being in front of the crowd...It's being in the crowd that has always been my downfall...I'm sure there are many who have taken me for being cool and aloof...But that's really not true...It just takes me awhile to warm up.

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Many people are shy, although I always felt I was the only one. A crowd, although more people, is less personal - it's a little easier to "turn on" a certain personality and control the shyness. In a small group, especially those who may know you better, it's harder.

It's also a handicap --for those who don't know you are shy, it's very easy to be thought of as aloof, or a snob.

Anne

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I guess I'm the strange one here after reading everyone's posts. I do just fine with a small group of friends, patients, etc...I never feel shy in those situations, but make me get up in front of an audience...FORGET IT ! I talk like someone speeded up the tape...I forget to breathe !! eek

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Now, what the hell am I missing? I just watched the clip...first thought: "Denis who? did I have a crush on five minutes ago?" laugh What's with all the drama and analysis?

I remembered this show! I couldn't begin to second-guess what emotions you had in that clip...your comments are your business, especially since I have never been a Raspberry myself. Not my business.

I do know I loved singing in my band as a teenager...but I am petrified of forgetting the lyrics. As a kid, i was so nervous at the prospect of meeting new people that I used to get stomach aches. Good thing that changed!!

Shyness is a tough nut to crack!

Danmichael, I think one of the most bittersweet comments i have ever read here is what you posted above:

"I sometimes feel I can't compete with the man they think I am."

You can only be yourself...the people that don't make the effort to separate the man from the myth are questionable friends.

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I got an 8. I'm just not shy. Both of my parents tell me they were painfully shy--hiding behind their mother's skirts, etc... They couldn't believe they had 2 kids that were so "un-shy". Course, #3, my little brother is extremely shy--almost to the point of being a hermit!

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Thanks, Jennifer ! happy

Nah, with you guys, it's different. We're "family"..it's just whenever I have to give any kind of speech, I do the exact OPPOSITE of what everyone tells you to do. For some reason, I tend to focus on the most mean looking, bored looking, sourpuss in the room !! Which, believe me, does NOTHING to calm my nerves, and certainly doesn't boost my confidence, but I can't HELP IT !! frown I avoid public speaking whenever possible !!

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  • 2 weeks later...

I hate to bring this back on topic, but I just saw the MD piece for the first time. Holy cow, what a voice!

I don't see anything out of the ordinary, just a great performer doing his best.

And I love public speaking, but suck at small talk/small group mingling...

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