Our expert says:
Congratulations on the promotion - the extra good news is that social anxiety disorder responds really well to prop[er treatment which should include Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) a specific form of psychological counselling, and sometimes also the use of some meds, including some also used to treat depression. Arrange through your medical aid to see a psyciatrist or psychologist ( maybe this one first ) as soon as posible for assessment and to start therapy.
You've left it a little bit late to get treatment benefits in time for today's meeting. However, don't get too exaggeratedly alarmed. Stick to the agenda, and let other people do almost all the talking. Ask relevant questions, and frankly tell them you fel nervous at facing them all min this new role, and hope they will be supportive and kind to you as you come up to speed. I'm sure they should be understanding.
As Maria says, nobody wants the chairman to speak too much in a meeting, anyway. Take notes of anything important which you need to say.
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