Are you an Introvert?
It seems as it is an extrovert’s world. A recent study found that those that spoke up in
meetings were seen by others, as more competent & gained more influence than others
even if they are not actually adding anything. That’s tough if you are an introvert as you
like to let your work speak for itself. Nancy Ancowitz, the author of “Self-Promotion for
Introverts” offer some suggestions on how an Introvert can get ahead.
1 Sell Yourself
“Bragging is repulsive to introverts” (N.A.). Effective self-promoting is different. It is about
finding the overlap between what you have and what your audience wants.
Introverts are more inclined to rely on writing & often excel on it. Let the written work
speak for you by writing something for your in-house publication; covering letters; thank-
you notes; Twitter, Blog, discussion documents for a meetings; proposals.
Organise an event “When we host we get to be seen as a go-to-person, & we do not have
to reach out as much” (N.A.)
4 Speak Publicly
It’s scary and probably the worst nightmare for an introvert but pubic speaking can be a
great tool. On the plus side you get to prepare, practice, what we are going to say & reach
more people than having lots of separate conversations. If your anxiety gets in the way
then you can go to a therapist to get help with this.
It is all about preparation. Prepare some opening lines – “easy conversation starters,
open-ended & positive & simple” (N.A.) Approach people who smile at you or are alone.
You can always team up with an extrovert.
6 Say Hello
“Remain visible to your boss & colleagues by regularly exchanging niceties & showing
interest in them. .. It is a good way to get the buzz about what’s going on behind the
scenes & can also land you in the right place at the right time when an opportunity is just
Sue Martin counsellor Counselling & Psychotherapy, Supervision, Therapy in Clapham South, London, Battersea, Tooting, Balham, south west London, , sw10, sw11, sw12