Self-Promotion for Introverts

31 Jan

Image Credits: "Peek-a-Boo" by Lynn Koenig

Upon taking a personality test, Wall Street woman Nancy Ancowitz was shocked to learn that she was an introvert. Like many people, she pictured an introvert being a socially inept and awkward creature holed up with little friends, and possibly little sunlight.

Don’t be dismayed if you are an introvert, too. Note that you are not a loser, you just recharge and gain energy differently. If journaling or propping your feet up with a good book serves you better that working the room at a cocktail party, you may be an introvert. But don’t panic! Just because you are not a fan of the spotlight does not mean you can’t get the recognition you deserve at work. Ancowitz sat down with Allie Osmar for an interview on the podcast Creative Careers to discuss the truth about introverts and how to get ahead in your career.

*Rest up and recharge your energy before an interview or meeting. Jumping from one interaction to another may be overwhelming and exhausting. You will perform better if you take some time to regroup.

*Prepare questions, conversation, and ideas to contribute. Thinking up key points ahead of time will help you better participate in discussion, especially when trying to input your ideas among squeaky wheels.

*E-mail a follow-up to meeting or interview.  Introverts tend to be gifted writers. An e-mail will keep you connected and showcase that communication skill. Also try what Ancowitz calls “lobbying ahead.” Introverts are good at one-on-one conversations, and taking someone aside for a pre-meeting will help you stand out.

*Work on speaking skills.  This may mean taking speech lessons, but Ancowitz says it is worth it. Introverts tend to speak quiet and slowly. Working to make speech crisper and clearer will make speaking more effective in the workplace.

 *Remember body language. Sit up straight, lean forward to express interest, uncross arms, and maintain eye contact. If constant eye contact is awkward for you like it is for me, try focusing on the eyebrows or forehead.

*Get online. Maintain positive connections with the people you work with on social networking sites such as Twitter. Having a good reputation among your colleagues will increase your visibility at work.

This podcast is helpful to any professional, and it will help students making the transition from school to the corporate world feel as comfortable as they can with their unique personalities.

Remember, you can still shine as an introvert just as much as an extrovert, and you may even have a little something special that an extrovert may not possess.

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2 Responses to “Self-Promotion for Introverts”

  1. kirsten121890 February 3, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    Great read my friend! Although I don’t consider myself an introvert, I do have my moments. I really enjoyed reading the tips mentioned. The application of these principles can essentially benefit both the introvert and the extrovert. I found the fifth point most interesting. I have never considered body language an important aspect in carrying oneself. But I realize I may have to tune down my slouching!

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