Ok so i used to be a really shy person when i was younger. Most of my life i was quite shy and although i was good at making friends after the initial meeting i would still be nervous around new people, let alone talking to them. I overcame this and am now perfectly comfortable talking to anyone i have never met before regardless of the situation. Since i started magic a little over three months ago, i have worked incredibly hard at it so that i could get to a level worthy of performance. I have performed to family and relatives, even ones i havent met before, and a couple of close friends. These performance went well and i was pleased with them, although i still had a tonne of stuff to touch up. Anyway, tonight i was at work and had promised a mate there who works as the store security guard, that i would bring my cards in to show him some tricks and flourishes i had learned. I thought this would be a great chance to kickstart myself into performing out of my home or in a crowded place, and sat down in our staff cafe to perform to him. Another one of my friends who works stacking shelves was also there so i said that i would show him too. Now this is where it went pearshaped. I am usually fine around these two guys and am good mates with both of them, i mean i spend 4 hours 5 days a week talking to them. My flourishes went fine, although a little rough because i had sweaty hands from working. When i attempted to show them a couple of small tricks involving false shuffles they failed horribly and i blamed it on my hands being sticky. I then embarked upon performing 5speed, which i can do really well at home or to my family. Yet although i pulled the trick off, my sleights were poor, i flashed cards a tonne of times and i got hung up on parts of it that i usually perform the best. I couldnt believe, and i blamed it on the truth, that i was nervous because i hadnt performed that much. Which is true of course, i was nervous and im sure everyone is on their first 'real world' performance. But what really pissed me off was that i am fine around these guys yet i couldnt pull of a simple card trick. My hands were even visibly shaking and i dont have a clue how i lost my nerve so easily. Now i know for a fact that the more i perform the easier it will become, but i was wondering if any of you could provide me with guidance or advice or even personal experiences that will help me to improve my confidence when performing. Cheers for any help.