Let’s face it, the business world was created for the extrovert—be bold, ask for what you want, step it up and go for it, are often the messages we hear. So what if your natural inclination is to hold back a little? Maybe you’re more on the quiet side, well, at least until you get comfortable? Does that mean business is not for you?
No. It certainly doesn’t mean that. But it does mean that to be successful you might play at business in a little different way. Different is good, especially when you are honoring your true nature.
Really, taking in the environment and understanding it before you take action, is a really effective strategy plan on how to approach new situations.
Naturally there is good with both the introvert and the extrovert way of approaching business. An extrovert that is wise does take some time and observes to get the lay of the land then moves forward. An introvert would benefit a lot from learning how to speak up and ask for what they want and to get recognition.
The most important thing to do before you adapt some of the characteristics from the other camp, is to become extremely familiar with what makes you tick and what the signs are when you are getting out of power, so that when you do extend yourself, you will know when you are pulling yourself off balance and you know just how to push it. For example, an introvert going into a meeting and introducing themself to someone may be a stretch. If you do this and you experience a slight twisting of the stomach, heart pounding, and a flutter of the nervous system, you know you are stepping up and doing great. But if, on the other hand, just thinking about talking to someone makes you throw up and become light headed, you might want to start with smaller baby steps.
Introverts can do very well in business, and they don’t have to push it so far that it throws them off balance. It is matter of utilizing the skills that you do have and to leverage them to your advantage.
Until next time on your biz on your own terms!