I’ve seen you before… you’re the one eating lunch alone. Or the quiet one in the meetings as your louder colleagues and friends get noticed over you.
I get it. That’s me too.
You just keep waiting for there to be an opening in the conversation or someone to ask you about your ideas, hoping that someone will discover you…
Given the current events happening in our world as well as the tough economic and job situation right now, I wonder…
How long are you going to have to wait?
If waiting isn’t an option any longer, then you’re going to want to hear what I have to say next.
Being an introvert, you tend to want to think before you speak.
And often (again, as an introvert) some weird logic prevails about how others should figure out your gifts on their own.
I mean, really- have you ever felt this way? As an introvert, I sure have.
And guess what- in this day and age, if you’re not willing to “put yourself out there” and do a little self-promotion, you probably won’t get noticed, at least not as much as other people.
I want to share something now that might challenge everything you’ve come to know about yourself as an introvert:
Just as there is no one “right way” to promote yourself, there is also no one “right” self-promotion goal.
There are lots of ways to gain visibility in this big wide world, especially in the area of online business.
Gaining visibility is definitely a big challenge for introverts. We often immerse ourselves in our tasks, diving into the depths of our inner worlds.
Sometimes we neglect to come up for air to take credit in discovering new worlds and ideas.
Yet, it’s not all a lost cause if you’re striving to find a way to make a mark on the world in a visible way.
One of the greatest myths about promoting yourself is that you are supposed to be out there talking yourself up to everyone about everything.
That’s not what it’s about.
A very simple yet powerful tip that you can begin to practice as an introvert is to experiment with using the word “I” instead of the word “we”.
This doesn’t come naturally to an introvert because we typically like to give credit to the group.
However, when an idea is truly yours, you might consider saying something like “I came up with the idea” rather than “we came up with the idea”.
Give it a try. It’s scary and exciting at the same time.
One of the things that introverts do have working for them is the ability to stay the course and approach learning how to do this with depth and intensity.
It’s up to you to find a way to let your passion and potential bubble out of you so that you can share them with the world.
It’s going to take practice, discipline, getting out of your comfort zone, along with some good ‘ole fashioned trial and error.
The thing is, it’s almost always worth it.
If you’d like to chat more about this, let’s talk.
I am grateful that you are a part of my community and I am here to support you however I can.
Stay safe and be well.
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.