My Social Mastery tag was delivered last evening, and had some good opportunities today to test it out. I don’t have much of a problem speaking 1:1 with anyone, but have pretty severe social anxiety (speaking and even IM’ing) with more than 1 person.
I had 3 work calls on Teams with 7-25 people on each call, and here’s what I experienced:
On the 1st call, I had some initial anxiety about IM’ing my thoughts on a topic, but once I did, it was like all of my anxiety lifted and that wasn’t a problem anymore. Responses to my IMs were limited, but positive.
On the 2nd & 3rd calls, I was well engaged in discussions (verbal and IM); bringing up several thoughts and counter arguments on multiple topics. All were well received by others on the calls. There was no negativity.
I can definitely feel the ‘social looseness’ feature, and the similarities as when having some alcohol, but still seem able to maintain a filter that prevents saying something inappropriate - at least so far
I work with kind of a tough crowd, so the positive responses I received today were really impressive.
I’m so amazed at the immediate and powerful results I’ve experienced from this tag already, and am now feeling much more confident about engaging in meetings.
My next test will be seeing how everything goes on Video during calls. And, of course, in-person social experiences.
This is a fantastic Tag!!