Apparently, as many as 40 per cent of people in business are classified as introverted. It’s a common conception that just about everything you’ll have to do to survive the business world is geared towards extroverts. From networking and marketing, to pitching and presenting it can be a scary ride when it seems that only the loudest and most confident will get heard. But fear not. If this is you, there are a number of ways you can overcome your fears.
Find your own way to network
Networking events might fill you with dread, but the fear of forced conversation in a pool of people who you’ve never met before is shared by many. So, find your own way to connect with others and build strong relationships. Why not get online and connect with other like-minded individuals who speak your language. They're out there, just harder to find.
When you don’t feel the need to be centre of attention all the time, it most likely means that you’re very good at listening to others and taking feedback.
Play to your strengths
When you don’t feel the need to be centre of attention all the time, it most likely means that you’re very good at listening to others and taking feedback. Perhaps you have a team of people who’ll value some one-to-one time, or maybe you’re a meticulous player who’s always willing to hear about the things you can do better and improve upon.
Does thinking about having to present to clients or pitching new ideas make you anxious? It’s often said that going solo is risky business. Some of the most successful businesses out there are driven by partnerships between those with complementary skill sets. So take some time to think about a partnership, but whatever you do, make sure their thoroughly extraverted before you bring them on board.
Don’t put yourself in a box too quickly. It’s always possible to let go of bad habits and learn new skills with the right coaching and dedication.
Learn new skills
Don’t put yourself in a box too quickly. It’s always possible to let go of bad habits and learn new skills with the right coaching and dedication. Do some research into classes or online courses that might help you tackle your gremlins whether that be polishing up your presentation or leadership skills to ensure you’re driving your team in the right direction.
Promote your business in your own way
Attending events and delivering presentations might not be your forte but thankfully there are other ways you can get yourself out there without even leaving the comfort of your office or home. Chances are, you’re better at putting your thoughts and ideas down on paper so why not start up a blog and think about how you might grow your social media presence in turn. Today, it’s all about customer engagement so if you can reach your target and keep them interested, with your written skills, you might even pip the most extroverted competitors to the post.