If there’s one thing most introverts have in common, it’s this: they don’t talk unless they have something to say. They’d rather listen, observe, process and wait until they have something meaningful to share. While I personally think that’s a strength, because we’re not wearing ourselves and others out with lots of talking, it’s not a style that the typical work environment values. The other thing almost every introvert has in common is that they’ve been told at some point in their lives, “you need to speak up more.” This might come from a boss, parent, spouse or friend. So what can we do? How can we balance our preference for internal processing with their request for us to talk more?
To answer those questions, I decide to call on one of my expert colleagues, Nancy Ancowitz. Nancy is a business communication coach specializing in career advancement and presentation skills. She’s the author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead, a Publishers Weekly “best book” selection. The book offers a gentle but results oriented approach to helping those who talk less to get heard more.
Connect with Nancy:
Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/self-promotion-introverts
Additional Links to Nancy+Beth Conversations:
An Introvert’s Secrets to Setting Up Shop | Psychology Today
Improv for Introverts | Psychology Today