Don’t take criticism too personally. Everyone has an opinion and the strongest people learn from their criticism instead of letting it affect them. Do not listen to respond - listen to understand and then formulate a response. Pausing is not a sign of unintelligence. It gives people time to think. Do not mention a problem unless you have a solution. One step at a time. Focus on the first step and if you can’t do that break it down into smaller steps. Momentum will build. Playfully misinterpret people to be more funny easily. Lean back body posture. You wouldn’t follow if they were to walk away. Nobody cares about your insecurities as much as you.