Part of my job involves meaningful discussions with just about anyone else in my company. Even if they could understand why I rely heavily on written communications, I don't think it's necessary for me to explain it to them all. But when I hear myself talk in meetings sometimes, I have become painfully aware of how halting and imprecise I sound when I cannot find the appropriate words. Even worse, it's distracting to me to have others tell me they cannot follow what I am saying. Then I might lose my train of thought.
As a compromise, when I need to discuss things with others, I find that starting to draft an email helps me figure out what I want to say, but then I make the phone call instead of emailing. It doesn't help when unforeseen topics arise, but it's something. Luckily I'm not easily embarrassed, so I keep pushing myself to be better despite the discomfort. It's a tough world out there sometimes, so I guess it's a good thing that I don't back down from challenges too easily.
Do you have these problems with words? If so, what do you do to cope?