Past situation: It was hard for me to get rid of my nervousness when I talked with people. The more nervous I felt, the harder it was to speak.
Current situation: It is hard for me to get rid of my nervousness when I speak to people. The more nervous I feel, the harder it is to speak.
(I just realized I changed "talk" to "speak." There isn't much different, but it must have felt more natural to me because I made the change without thinking about it.)
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