Oh hi, that’s me! Well, I guess technically I’m an extroverted introvert. Yes, apparently this is a thing.
Does an introvert ever even leave the house?
Yes. First, let’s be clear about what being an introvert actually means. Does it mean you wear black turtlenecks year round and always stay home and that you hoard cats? No. The main difference between extroverts and introverts is where energy comes from. Do you feel energized being around lots of humans? Extrovert. Or does being around all those humans completely drain you, and your energy comes from within? Introvert. That’s it in a nutshell.
Now that that’s out of the way.
Forget being a salesperson.
For many of us introverts, selling sounds like a literal nightmare. Try this slight shift to your mindset. Be a sharesperson. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! Remember when you told your bestie about that new gem of a coffee shop you discovered? Sharesperson! It really is as simple as that. Sharing is such a nice thing to do! And besides, it’s a fact that personal recommendations are a driving force in business referrals and commerce.
Come from a place of service.
Introverts have about zero tolerance for inauthenticity. We like to keep it real. I’m assuming you believe in your business. Please tell me you believe in your business. I believe in my business hard. So it gives me all the feels that I get to help others through my business every day. How rad is that? Just another small shift in mindset that makes a huge difference.
Take care of yourself.
Take the time to recharge. Give yourself permission to be alone. It’s totally okay to say no. Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t make it to that networking event.
BUUUUUUUT. Don’t let fear and comfort zones be the boss of you.
Surprise the hell out of yourself sometimes. This feels pretty legit, too! So maybe try and get to the next networking event. Deal?