I work as an engineer for a very small company (4 people including me). Since the workload for this week and the next one is low, I've been asked if I could go around businesses and leave flyers promoting our company. All of that while being paid my standard hourly rate and mileage compensation. You might think "well, you're getting paid for it, so why not", but I've got two serious issues here: I can't deal with people that I don't know and I'm so bad at selling that I won't be able to sell heaters in Alaska.
Let me be clear: as an engineer, it is part of my job dealing with clients and I've got no problems there; I get there, I report to the client, I do my job and I get out. Absolutely fine with me. But here we're talking about promoting the company to potential clients. I am basically scared to death to do that. I don't know why, social anxiety or whatever; I never had to deal with it since I've always avoided sales jobs due to this problem.
Now, I've been asked by my boss to do it and I said yes, thinking that it might have been fun, or at least useful for the company. But I now sit on the couch, afraid of leaving home having to deal with people that I don't know and, for most of them, they don't want to deal with me anyway.
We don't sell any sketchy services. We do genuine technical maintenance (I can't disclose which kind for fear of getting recognized by my boss).
Long story short: I love my engineering job and I can do it without any problem whatsoever, but I'm scared to death about going out there and deal with people that aren't expecting me.
How do I deal with it? Do I try to talk to my boss about it (yes, he is very easy to speak with)? Or do I just man up and try to deal with it myself?
EDIT: just to clarify, I tried doing it a few days ago. I managed to hand flyers to two businesses before I panicked and drove back home. Someone suggested just to leave it in the post box or the receptionist, but I'm afraid of the post box, let alone a receptionist. I'm not afraid of post boxes per se, of course, I'm afraid of having to use one to leave AD flyers.