If you’re reading this, there is a one in three chances that you are an introvert.
Don’t worry, you are in very good company. You share that trait with the likes of JK Rowling, Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenugua, Bill Gates, and many other very successful people. You should also know we do not think of you as shy. We agree with you that constant social interaction can be exhausting, so we respect your need for alone time. And the energy to keep up conversations through networking and mingling? We won’t even get you started on that, but, do you mind if we throw in tips to help you thrive as an introvert business owner?
You see, while the extroverts of this world think they can dominate the conversation with their loud, bubbly, and outspoken selves (you’ve got to forgive them, they can’t help it), you must show everyone that being introverted doesn’t mean you can’t contribute profoundly to the business world. You are just as good as the rest of the personality types and here is how you prove them wrong:
- Start with body language:
According to research, 70% of our communication is non-verbal. This is to say our actions/gestures speak louder than words (talk about a pass time for introverts). Therefore for every conversation you have, focus more on your body language to show your assertiveness. Don’t shy away from making eye contact when talking. When fidgeting, try to throw in a smile, it relaxes the mood. Also, never underestimate the power of a firm handshake, it oozes confidence and power. To make assertive conversations, master the art and act of body language and how to harness it into your conversations.
- Explore the power of calmness:
The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room. We didn’t come up with that quote, Denzel Washington in the movie American Gangster did. Translation? It is ok to be the quiet one, the thinker in a room full of talkers. Tap into your calm nature, and use that prowess to negotiate calmly and diplomatically. This will allow you to gauge things clearly and act more reasonably.
- Use assertive words to communicate your point
Learn to have a firm voice and stand up for yourself when the need arises. Delete words such as “I feel”, “I think” from your dictionary, and take charge of the conversation by articulating your words clearly and straightforward. Speaking up isn’t easy but figure out ways you can talk firmly, yet in a respectful tone. Don’t doubt your voice.
- Social networking
As an introvert, writing words down seems much easier than speaking them. Use technology to your advantage by actively engaging in conversations online. The online community offers lots of opportunities for business owners to have a meaningful conversation and create an impact. Leverage on this to build your confidence and voice your opinion in a way that you are seen and heard.
For most introverts, it is easier to slip into a passive mode when confronted with an authoritative person. Don’t feel intimidated. Rather use the skills and abilities that are unique to you to take control of the narrative and generate effective results that will ensure the survival of your business.
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