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5 tips for introverts to achieve success

Every group of people can be divided into extroverts and introverts.

Among the known differences that separate these two types is that the former derives energy from communicating with people, while the latter prefers to work in solace or within smaller teams.

Both types are very different, each with unique sets of strengths and weaknesses. However, when it comes to the workplace, introverts might have a more difficult time adequately relaying their ambitions and passion given their more subtle personalities.

Hence, for the introvert reading this, know that there are ways for you to be the trailblazer that you see yourself as, without having to be someone you are not.

Here are five ways to help you in your pursuit of success in the work zone.


1) Know thyself

So many adults spend four years working for a degree, but realise that the job or industry they were studying so hard to get into just isnít right for them.

The problem? Most of them donít really know who they are.

Hence, the first step to get ahead in your career is to make sure that your personality is suited for the industry you are trying to succeed in.

For example, if you know engaging with numerous people in a day leaves you exhausted, then forsaking a career in marketing will save you a lot of time, energy and frustration.

Spend time getting to know yourself, from your interests to your strengths and weaknesses. If you need help, there are plenty of personality tests online that are not only free, but help provide you an insight into your personality.

One popular test that many might refer to is the Myers-Briggs Test that goes beyond introvert-extrovert typing, and into other facets of behaviour and method of thinking.


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2) Map it out

Speaking in public or in front of strangers can sometimes be a daunting idea for the introvert. However, itís almost an impossible situation to avoid since we live in a world geared mainly for extroverts.

One great way to help you mentally prepare yourself for those presentations or conference calls is to map out what youíre about to say, listing out major and minor points.

As you do this, youíll be going through the various issues and ideas that youíd like to talk about, as well as the possible situations that could arise. This is also a fantastic tactic to adopt when prepping for a job interview.


3) Get personal

Introverts are generally better at building personal relationships with people. Consider this a major strength and build upon it by networking with contacts on a more personable basis.

Instead of worrying if you can speak professionally at a busy event, try scheduling a face-to-face meeting.

Investing the time in building bridges not only highlights your earnest interest in that person, but plays on the common denominator all human beings share - the desire to feel valued.


4) Face challenges

Introverts tend to enjoy being in familiar settings and situations. But, once in a while it is always good to step out of the box by throwing yourself a challenge.

One example of a way to do that is to join a Toastmasters club. These clubs not only offer a platform for you to groom your public speaking skills within a supportive group, but also will help you combat your dislike of actively networking in social situations.


5)Time out

Social interactions can often leave introverts feeling drained. Hence, solo time is crucial for introverts to recharge, reflect on situations, and formulate plans and ideas for future action.

Always try to fit in some time for yourself as often as you need it, in order to rest and recuperate.

The worst thing you could possibly do to yourself is schedule consecutive meetings, which will not only leave you feeling drained but will also prevent you from performing your best.


Based in the United States, freelance writer Joanne Nayagam is embarking on a journey of proportions with pen and paper in hand and ideas to boot. To get in touch with her, drop an email to editor@mystarjob.com.


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