introverts

Make Your Thoughts Count

As a friend of mine recently told me, “Your thoughts don’t count unless you share them.” We introverts are often go-to people, but this cannot happen unless we first prove that we have thoughts worth paying attention to. And to do so, we must get out of our own way. We must speak up. Take .. read more

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Step Up

I get asked to do things that stretch me. No doubt, you do, too. Maybe it’s being a guest speaker in a webinar, a coach for a  new audience of professionals I haven’t experienced before, or even customize a topic for a presentation. My first reaction is usually, “gosh, am I good enough?”. And by .. read more

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The Confidence Continuum.

I used to be in awe of public speakers with vibrant energy, entertaining content and a sparkle in their eyes, especially when I was teaching and wanted to speak more. Then I shifted from the classroom to a business career. That’s when my admiration went to those who sell seemingly without anxiety. Clearly, I was constantly .. read more

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Emotions have a place, when handled

An introvert, I used to try to conceal my emotions, afraid they would show a weakness. Then I watched some of my favorite performers and realized another perspective. Emotions have a place, when handled. My desire was to learn how to gain control of emotions, then appropriately pull people into my conversations. Although I wanted people to .. read more

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Can’t speak up in time? Try this.

Consider the last time you were attending a meeting. One of the agenda topics gets a few comments from other attendees, then a conclusion is reached and the facilitator moves on to the next topic. More comments are shared. Now you reach a point in your head that you wish you had expressed on the .. read more

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On June 7th, 2012, posted in: introverts, meetings, speak up by

Introverts and Extroverts Value Their Contacts

Who are you connecting with this week? My Master Mind groups this month have been focusing on their key contacts for business and relationship development. It is common strategy for pipeline development to make a certain number of calls weekly, seekingface time with those in the position to make decisions on the services we offer. .. read more

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What Your Audiences Fear #2

Yesterday’s post addressed the number one fear of audiences – speakers wasting their time. Today’s fear is a very close second. Audiences fear when we speakers focus on things they don’t understand. As a past high school teacher, I remember the number of times I did this in my own classroom. It’s painful for students to sit .. read more

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On May 16th, 2012, posted in: connection, information, introverts, motivation by

Why We Introverts Must Learn to Ask

One of my hardest lessons in life has been asking for help. I recall times during my high school years I would attend county fairs with friends with a limited amount of money in my pocket. So much to do with a little bit of money – eat great foods, ride thrilling rides or play .. read more

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On May 9th, 2012, posted in: asking for help, frugal, introverts by

Introverts, Get Up and At’em!

Back when I was teaching and directing HS theatre, I had to emphasize to students during show weeks the need to get up early on Saturdays.  Often Friday night shows would go well. Students had been up early enough to get to school on time, had their metabolisms engaged and by showtime they were fully alert .. read more

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On May 2nd, 2012, posted in: alertness, introverts, motivation, visualize by 1 Comment

Could you just quiet down?

We introverts have an internal meter that automatically kicks into gear in public spaces. It is a mechanism that alerts us to behavior insensitive to our temperament – when people are too loud. I live in a loft downtown Columbus. Like most public housing, hallway noise and noise within the units are apparent to those .. read more

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On April 18th, 2012, posted in: introverts, quiet style, quiet the voice, respect by