This is my first post here so first I would love to say thank you to everyone here. I am so happy to have found this platform and all of the wonderful contributions I have read over so far! I wanted to post with a personal development question.
I come from a non-traditional background in tech and am completely self taught. I created my first website years ago because I started a business and didn't have the capital to hire anyone. This was when I discovered my passion in design & marketing world. Since then I have worked as a freelancer for startups and small business owners doing everything from website design to creating marketing strategies and building branding identities.
Lately, I have been working on a project in the fintech space that I am very passionate about. I have found myself inside of meetings with brilliant executives and there is always the "introduction" part of the meeting where I freeze up. I can talk about product all day with confidence but the introduction is so hard for me. I know this is probably stemming from my insecurities and self-doubt about being self-taught - but it also has a lot to do with interacting with men, as I feel completly different in a room full of women. I am in my early 30's so while I have working experience to talk about, being in a room full of confident executives with decades of experience is so intimidating- while I know deep down this is exactly where I want and need to be.
Does anyone else have this issue and if so, what did you do to overcome it? I have heard about Toast Masters and looking forward to my first meeting tonight. If anyone has any other resources to share I am all ears.
Thank you for your time and look forward to meeting you all,