Yes, you can gain visibility

As an introverted business professional, I am challenged by the need to be seen. Maybe not by everyone everywhere, yet I need to be seen by those I am most able to help – attorneys. I need to be visible where attorneys are.

Although people who know me question whether I am an introvert, I know the difficulty involved with getting out of my head and into conversation. I may conduct myself well socially, yet I am constantly pushing myself to demonstrate my introvert assets – deep thinking, clear understanding of my expertise and meaningful value. These assets, though valuable, mean nothing unless I am a visible sign of them. Can you relate?

I have worked hard at getting past the obstacle of holding myself back in my business network. Realizing the importance of regular discipline, I have created a system for actively getting “out there”, tracking my frequency and reflecting on the results.

What I have come to realize is, value only exists in the eyes of the beholder. So it is critical to be seen. To be an experience others have vs. a copy of written explanation. Being seen creates relationship and allows us to become a memory. Although I may be in the fog for most businesses, for the legal profession in Columbus I am gaining visibility.

I have also realized we introverts can gain visibility our own way. We can manage our energy level, create meaningful experiences and have structure in our face-to-face business-building efforts.

Yes, you can be an introvert and still gain visibility, allowing your business community to experience your value. It’s Your Business to Speak – (a presentation, a seminar, and/or a coaching focus) is the motivation that offers you and other introverts immediate visibility.

When do you want to be seen? Let me know, so I can help you gain visibility while you enjoy your introversion.

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On February 21st, 2012, posted in: business building, introverts, visibility by
4 Responses to Yes, you can gain visibility
  1. thanks for posting this Merri. and this holding ourselves back is not limited to introverts. so thanks for adding value to all of us who need to get out there and build our business!

  2. You're so right about this being all of our issue, Jim. What do you do to push yourself into visibility?

    • I am introverted. However, I love ennteirg races of all sizes — from 50 local runners to 50,000+ (Lilac Bloomsday run) — and I enter many races in a year. I find that I enjoy the sociability of it, without having to actually talk to anybody if I don’t want to. That probably doesn’t seem like it makes a lot of sense… maybe it’s kind of like that expression, “hiding in plain sight.” I enjoy participating in a very individual sport while simultaneously enjoying the vibe and energy of a crowd of like-minded people going the same direction (which of course is very different from being in a random crowd of people, which I don’t enjoy). In a race I can compare my performance to others without them knowing, I can people-watch, and I can learn by observation, while being utterly alone with my thoughts. And I train alone too, or I run with my husband. I rarely or never train in a group and I don’t typically chat with people at the gym.

    • What a fabulous thought – enjoying the energy of all going the same direction. I hope you write your regularly.

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