There are many perceptions of what an introvert is/ does/ how they act, most are completely wrong! Here’s a quick way to decide if you’re introverted (if you don’t already know), the quiz will takes most people one-two minutes.
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Do you spend time at networking events on your phone to "look busy" and leaving early?
Look around the room; some networkers love being in the room, where others are worried about looking as if they don't have anybody to talk to. Which are you?
How often have you been told that you should speak up more?
Some people love speaking up, others have been told for many years (e.g. teachers, your boss, your colleagues) that they should speak up more; what about you?
How do you feel about calling, or visiting prospects you don't really know?
Maybe it's not "cold calling", but what about getting in touch with business contacts you don't know very well. You know you ought to do it, but...
How do you feel with a group of people you don’t know well for a short time?
Some people are energised in a room full of people, for others it's as if their batteries are draining faster than they can drink a glass of water.
How do you normally think things through?
The way we think, and process our thoughts, varies from those who "think to talk" and those who "talk to think". Which are you?
About your friends...
Some people have many friends others have few, much closer friends; how about you?
How do you feel about follow up?
We know that following up clients or new prospects is important. Yet many people avoid it in the hope that the prospect will call them, where others relish following up.
How do you feel when networking surrounded by super-friendly people?
Ever noticed how some people look friendly and "glowing", where others don't? How does it make you feel being surrounded by all these confident networkers?
Would you rather spend most of your time..
How do you feel when asked to talk to a group, with little notice or prep?
Some people love to "wing it", some people want to prepare a lot before responding; how about you?
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Articles about being introverted – and how to change things.
Now we’ve got the definition out of the way, here’s a selection of articles that you may find useful. Not because you want to stop being introverted, but because you want to harness introvert super-powers and learn ideas to “deal with” some of the issues relating to extrovert strengths.
Introverts often get asked annoying questions, these seem to be the most common along with suggestions on why and how to deal with them.
Chelsey Brooke and I discuss how you can stay top of the boss's mind, so that you can more easily be promoted, despite being an introvert.
Benn Abdy-Collins, Christina Jones and I discuss drowning in social media noise since we went into lockdown, and what an intropreneur might do to be heard above it.
Introverts need social interaction, just like extroverts. How can you manage that, whilst working from home and not meeting people?
What does the term introvert mean? It's not what most people assume! Plus ideas for introvert & leaders to to improve productivity, creativity and confidence.
Introverts feel exhausted after too much social interaction, needing recovery time. Active recovery is about recovering more quickly, how do you manage your recovery?
Michael Anderson explains how you can be an introvert and a successful business leader.
Why introverts don’t like small talk, or hate small talk. More importantly, how to get better at small talk and why introverts don't like to talk
Recent social media reporting of summer walker as an introvert with social anxiety was not only negative, but also wasn't really about introverts.
Apparently you can act like an extravert and suddenly become happy (if you're an introvert); according to many recent articles. Is it true?