7 Benefits of Putting the Introvert into the Spotlight

This post was sent out at the beginning of the year. I’ve since dug it out, revised its focus and want to share it again!
If you opened this, chances are you want the benefits of the spotlight AND want to be reminded of your value.
As an introvert, I have come to see spotlights – times speaking in public – as unexpected sources of energy.

Yes, I still thoroughly enjoy days away from the crowds, schedules free of appointments and the time and space to research, analyze, and create in isolation.

But I must admit there are huge benefits for us to seek the spotlight, even us introverts. And these benefits are humbling. But a quick survey is important – who are you?

Our world needs us
If you relate to the introvert’s world, chances are good you fit one of a few different types.

1. You could be thoroughly invested in a few subjects of importance, deeply researching them, tightly invested in experiencing them, and even full of understanding that subject matter. If so, you are a critical resource to audience groups. Perhaps you write to share your knowledge. Yet if you were to speak, you’d have a huge following. People want to HEAR from experts.

2. You may be the type who are more focused on people than tasks. If this is true, you appreciate good energy, poignant moments that move your spirit and demonstrate good will. If that is the case, you are moved by and interested in strategies of influence. As you develop that skill, you grow in creating a buzz because your audiences make an emotional connection with you, support you, and love you. People want to HEAR from someone who moves them.

See why the world needs you in the spotlight? Read on to learn the benefits to YOU.

7 Benefits to Being in the Spotlight

7. You get to begin a new relationship with people. When we step in front of an audience, we open the connection to the world around us in such a profound way. Our audience gets to experience our energy – how we demonstrate passion for ideas and compassion for others. (a concept Dan Rockwell has blogged about through an interview with Apple’s Jay Elliot).

Our audience gets a head and a gut feeling about us, that even if the content doesn’t lead them to seek us out, their experience does. Regardless, we remain top of mind to them. What a tremendous opportunity!

6. You get to reveal your communication style. Quite frankly, we connect naturally to those who communicate the way we do. Whether as a humourist, a cynic, a nurturer, an analyst, or whatever the style, people’s ears perk up when they connect to their own style. Within every audience there are 10%-34% who will align with your style, solely based on how you communicate. This helps people like you.

5. You make your value visible. Whether you represent an organization or yourself, you become the visible example. The more often you are visible, the more your brand is visible. Your name becomes synonomous with what you are expert in, yet your FACE gets immediate recognition. You will bring your value top of mind to your audience every time they look at you.

I have been blessed to have good experiences when speaking, so one of the results is the times when, out of context, someone sees me in a public place and actually touches me while recalling what they experienced. “I could relate to the desire to stand up and say what was on my mind and you give me a strategy to do so. What a relief that was!”

They relive that value, and I get to walk away aware of my value from their point of view.

4. You prove your credibility. I have a pet-pieve about speakers who don’t know when to shut up, or seem to glory in their own voice, or in how great they are. Yet your willingness to share useful insight, to offer some tips, to compare ideas metaphorically for new perspective is a gift you bring to your world of listeners. Your willingness to share something of value, and your doing it in ways most appropriate to the audience motivates people to not only like you, but to respect and perhaps trust you.

3. You get immediate feedback. When audience members like, respect and trust you, they clamber to their feet before you leave the presentation room because of something you’ve motivated them in. They ask further questions, revealing what is most of interest/need to them. They give you their business card, and they are basically saying, “call me”. As speakers we have just weeded out the not-yet-interested and identified those who are. We know who to follow up with – or at least who to start with.

2. You get in front of many people in a short amount of time. Speaking lengths can be 60 minutes, 20 minutes and even just 10 minutes. It doesn’t take an engineer to state that good use of the time can be a sales person’s dream. What usually takes 60 – 90 minutes with any given prospect, slowing down the number of appts in a week, can instead boost the sales ratio while committing less time to more people!

1. You have the chance at the end of your talk to suggest Next Steps. I was just in a teleseminar with Carrie Wilkerson yesterday who talks about Wanting the client, Wooing the client and Winning the client. The end of a well-constructed talk, one that engages curiousity and action, is the appropriate time to suggest a way for your audience to have more than just a taste of what they have already enjoyed. This is the time to move from the wanting and the wooing, to the winning. It’s not about creating a hard sell. It’s about helping your audience know their options.

Which of these benefits work for you? For me, they all work. Get started.

Want to know more about how to get started? Visit Breaking Down Barriers services page to see what step is best for you to take. Start getting these benefits. Your clients, co-workers, and key relationships deserve to see their world based on the benefits your talents have to offer!

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On October 28th, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by