Melissa Browne, author, speaker, and founder of A & TA, The Money Barre and Thinkers.inq.
WHAT ARE YOUR CHALLENGES AS AN INTROVERT?
Putting myself into situations I feel uncomfortable with ... putting myself forward for things and tooting my own horn. Going into a room where I don’t know anyone. It’s an effort to approach people but if you don’t, your career can suffer.
HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THEM?
We have to make sure we are promoting ourselves but in a way we are comfortable with. When networking, I choose smaller groups or try to find a function for myself so I am going in with a job. That way I have something I can chat about.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE PUBLIC SPEAKING?
I have worked with a coach on holding myself and posture. I have worked on my voice so I don’t seem shy and introverted.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INTROVERTED?
We can be more relational. Rather than walking into a room and needing to speak to everyone, I can meet two or three people and go deep with those people. Knowing people really well is where we are heading when it comes to networking.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER INTROVERTS?
It’s easy to say “I’m an introvert so I’m not going to do that” but don’t let labels hold us back.