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Bad experiences at conferences, worth going anyway?

If you "lock up" in public situations you should probably talk to a mental health professional or counsellor about it. It once helped me greatly. And, one of the best ways to overcome such ...
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Bad experiences at conferences, worth going anyway?

I don't think freezing up like that will reflect badly on you. It sounds like some people were interested in talking to you and some were not. I would say that is fine and normal - don't waste time ...
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Bad experiences at conferences, worth going anyway?

After 30 years of going to several conferences per year, the handful of askers I remember were all people I knew previously. People I have shared afternoons with don't seem to remember me years later. ...
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Bad experiences at conferences, worth going anyway?

It is perfectly normal to be anxious in a place with lots of strangers. Here's what helps: understand that they are all there because of a common interest, in this case, a scientific field. You are ...
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Bad experiences at conferences, worth going anyway?

Can you go to a conference with a more senior person like a post-doc, your advisor, or some professor? They might show you around, introduce you to some people, and most important, you can just walk ...
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