The best way to deal with this is to face it. Make it a priority and get support from an experienced business English coach and trainer. They can help you accept the feeling of discomfort, and then work your way out of it. The trick is to find the balance between ambitious, realistic and measurable goals.
Brushing up on your business English skills builds confidence
Start with simpler topics like small talk, then move on to topic-specific professional subjects related to your work. As you brush up on your business English and build vocabulary and language skills, your confidence in your speaking ability will increase. You will eventually “speak up” without hesitation in most situations.
From confident Business English to bigger challenges
With your newfound confidence in Business English, it’s time to take on more demanding challenges. Actively seek opportunities to socialize or meet in English. Say yes to speaker requests for events. With the right preparation, you can perform with confidence.
All this won’t happen overnight, but with a tailored Business English coaching and training course over 6 months or a year, you will be surprised at how freely you will speak and how confident you will become.