Beyond Small Talk

How to Talk to a Shy Person

Don’t let them get away with hiding in the bathroom

Jessica Pan
Forge
Published in
6 min readNov 21, 2019

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Illustration: Dan Woodger

This story is part of How to Talk to Anyone, Forge’s guide to moving past the chitchat and truly connecting.

TThere are two types of people at holiday gatherings. There are the guests who are extremely excited by this social event, who open the door…

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Jessica Pan
Forge
Writer for

Jessica Pan’s memoir, SORRY I’M LATE, I DIDN’T WANT TO COME: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes is out now. She lives in London. www.jesspan.com