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I am extremely shy and sometimes even socially awkward. Any suggestions on how to cope with it and be successful in consulting. No snarky replies please.

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Just be really good at your job. Hard work and integrity speak for themselves.

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Read how to win friends and influence people. The reality is most people like a good listener

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Find the biggest baddest person there and you punch them. You punch them right in the mouth, because you ain't going to be nobody's bitch! Hmm.. No that's prison. That's what you do in prison. Just be yourself.

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No. I get it. I'm saying just be yourself. Don't try to hard to act a way that doesn't come naturally- it makes it worse. But it always helps to fine one cool person to befriend who will take you outside your comfort zone

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Same issue here. I hate networking

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Just try to be really good at what you do, you'll be successful. Everything else is just noise. The white boy who claims that the client MD took him out for drinks/golf, will not get a better rating than you.

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Not too worried about doing my job. Asking with reference to social interactions with client or colleagues.

Sounds cliche but be yourself and try your hardest to always keep a positive attitude. People will gravitate to you.

Part of it is deliberate self-adjustment to get a bit more comfortable with it. Part of it is finding a niche in your firm so it's less necessary, or an industry where it's less critical, and part of it is dominating in the other parts of your job.

Learn to speak up or get out

Just own it. If you know your shit, just own the awkward. Works for me.

We are hired to be experts in our field, not the client's BFF. Be good at what you do and don't sweat the rest.

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