As an Introvert, I am not very social in nature. However, on certain occasions, I have found myself to be forced to interact with people. I tend to always be thinking of something when someone is trying to talk to me.
The problem is that when they do try to talk to me, I respond in talking really fast, due to my nervousness and anxiety.
This has become a problem, as people seem to feel that I was signalling them to "Shut up", or just "Don't talk to me".
For example someone asked me :
Hi, is this seat taken?
Which I responded by talking really fast :
Yeah, Yeah ! Sorry ,this seat is taken.
A colleague of mine said to me:
Hello! Good morning!
Sort of within the split second that he said that to me:
Hello ! Hey, what's up?
Then my colleague just walked away, looking disappointed/annoyed.
Are there any ways to address people talking fast while not sounding unfriendly or pushy?