After these lessons I got better in public speaking, but I still wasn't very good in talking one-on-one. I decided this should change as well. I looked online on some articles that might help me increase my self confidence in this area. At first all I found were some crappy articles, a friend recommended me a book called "the game", you may have heard of it. It's an autobiographical work of a nerd-gone-player. I figured, if somebody else can do it so can I. I started going out with my extroverted friends more. Told them about the book as well, they were intrigued. At first I kind of forced myself to talk to strangers, using again the 'fake it till you make it' principle. I paid active attention to the feedback I got, like if I would tell a story or make a joke I'd notice how people reacted. One particular thing I did was that I remembered a lot of things that I did or that happened to me when I was younger so I could tell them to others at appropriate times. People in social situations react well to stories and surprisingly bad to diagrams and reasoning. After a while I actually knew how not to appear shy, and following that confidence replaced my shyness.