Daily Read – Don’t Let Being an Introvert Be a Liability
In business, personal weaknesses can be a liability — only if you don’t acknowledge them. While our business culture typically favors those who speak loud and act fast, we often undervalue the power of introverts to think through problems and consider decisions more carefully than extroverts. Yet, activities that drive new businesses, such as pitching to investors, cold calling prospects and approaching strangers at networking events, can be daunting to those with quiet, introspective personalities. Follow these tips to be successful and even shine in an extroverted world:
1. Have faith and confidence that your product or service will improve the lives of your customers, and it will show.
2. Use the buddy system. Bringing someone you know to an event helps you feel more comfortable breaking into conversations and approaching strangers.
3. Level the playing field. After approaching someone at a networking event, ask for a follow-up chat in a one-on-one setting. Introverts tend to interact more comfortably in small groups or one-on-one.
4. Treat your introversion as an asset. While some entrepreneurs might feel overwhelmed without the immediate support of a team of employees, introverts often manage just fine on their own. Unlike extroverts who gain their power and strenth from others, introverts are comfortable being on their own.
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