How to Stop Anxiety BEFORE it STOPS You, Episode 172

This is episode 172. How to navigate social anxiety when talking to influential people is the scariest thing for you

Imagine these scenarios

You want to launch a podcast and invite influential people as guests

You want to strike up a conversation with speakers or panelists speaking at a conference

You want to pivot into a new sector where you don’t have existing relationships

These encounters can be the difference between your success and failure

These moments can alter the entire trajectory of your life and that of your family

A conversation with the right person at the right time can change your perspective and set you on a proven course rather than a makeshift guessing game adventure that often comes with building a new venture or sustaining it in a market that is constantly changing

I’ve coached so many clients who would rather wait on the longest supermarket lines (i.e. privately and in around about ways) to approach influential people than strike up a conversation with someone on the phone or using their private emails. Then there are those who would NEVER leave an audio message on Instagram even though sending one of those can immediately distinguish you vs. others vying for a certain someone’s attention. Is this you?

I want to help you begin your social anxiety healing journey today in this episode and if you know of anyone for whom social anxiety is a topic then share this episode with her too. I’ve revealed ONE question you can ask yourself each and every time your anxiety creeps up!

Topics covered today are perfect for those searching for insights around:

  • Mom entrepreneurs with anxiety
  • Mom founders with anxiety
  • Mom creators with anxiety
  • Anxiety in mom entrepreneurs
  • Anxiety in mom founders
  • Anxiety in mom creators
  • How to manage anxiety as a mom entrepreneur
  • How to manage anxiety as a mom founder
  • How to manage anxiety as a mom creator
  • Tips for mom entrepreneurs with anxiety
  • Tips for mom founders with anxiety
  • Tips for mom creators with anxiety
  • Support for mom entrepreneurs with anxiety
  • Support for mom founders with anxiety
  • Support for mom creators with anxiety

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Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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