Introvert, work relations, communication, listening skills, work ethic
WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 14 December 2016
The Silence of Success - An Introvert’s Guide to Thriving at Work
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Kimiya Jafari

These are just some of the possible negative stereotypes that come with hearing the word, “introvert.” However, what some fail to realize is that these stereotypes are far from the truth and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an introvert. In fact, being an introvert has the ability to help you thrive in relationships, work and just life in general. 

No matter the case, it is important to know that you as an introvert in the work force, are seen and heard. Sometimes introverts feel like they will be ignored or skipped when it comes to colleagues who are extroverts. Instead of letting these anxious feelings get in the way of their work ethic, introverts should embrace their skills and use their gifts to their advantage.

There are so many ways for introverts to thrive in the workforce. Here are six simple steps to silently succeed (wow, what a tongue twister):

1. Embrace thinking before speaking - “The smarter you get, the less you speak,” some say. As introverts, you’re known to think and observe more often, rather than speaking. It might take you longer to say what you want to say, but it’s likely that when you’re finally ready to speak, it’s thought out thoroughly and has a big impact on conversations you’re involved in.

2. Being prepared goes a long way - Some are blessed with the skill that’s called, “on the spot,” and then there are introverts. Some introverts get nervous and scared when it comes to presenting things or being interviewed. Although this can be a challenge, there is a solution. Preparing for these kinds of things shows that the individual is passionate enough about it to care about the outcome. I’m sure we all have enough experience to know firsthand that being prepared is ten times better than not. Always being prepared shows the people you work with what kind of person you are.

3. Stay calm and carry on - Some introverts are known to be calm and relaxed majority of the time. This is especially important when things at work get crazy sometimes and people start to freak out a little, or a lot. Co-workers and authorities will trust and look to you for guidance on how to stay calm in a situation that seems hectic.

4. Take advantage of your alone time - As an introvert, it’s true, you love and sometimes need your alone time to feel refreshed. There’s no need to be down on yourself for wanting a break from the crazy world around you. Take your lunch break seriously for a chance to recharge and come back feeling fresh and brand new!

5. Make connections, your own way - As an introvert, you might dread going to networking events to meet and talk to new people. Don’t let this get in the way of you making meaningful connections, though. You can focus on making deep connections differently. Rather than the extrovert next to you that is making meaningless, small talk with every person in the room, focus on picking a few people to talk to about important things that both of you will appreciate. Quality, not quantity, counts big time in these situations.

6. Remember that your success is up to you and only you - The only person that can get in the way of your success in the workplace is yourself. Try not to let this happen, believe in yourself! If you take pride in your qualities and use them to the best of your abilities, you will see just how valuable and essential your worth is! The word, “introvert,” should be seen as a positive trait. It should empower you and connote:

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