The Introvert’s Guide to Happy Socializing in Coworking Space

The Introvert’s Guide to Happy Socializing in Coworking Space

A shared office space is an increasingly common workspace solution that many business professionals are taking advantage of. This is a type of co-working space that is affordable for contractors, entrepreneurs, and others. It gives you access to professional services, amenities, and equipment that you may otherwise have to pay a fortune for. More than that, it also gives you the ability to make great business connections with others in affiliated fields.

As an introvert, you may be inclined to find a quiet space off in the corner of the shared office and to keep to yourself. There is a good chance that you may feel rather uncomfortable being around so many unfamiliar people. Consider this can negatively impact your work experience. However, this introvert survival guide will help you take full advantage of all that this type of workspace offers.

The Introvert’s Guide to Happy Socializing in Coworking Space

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Use Your Personality Better to Stand Out from Others #infographic

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Mark 4:21-22

Instead of trying to be something different why not use your personality to stand out from others? In preparing for a guest speaker program, not all ideas make it to the platform. But as with a couple of events in my husband’s and my life, just because some movie moments make it to the cutting room floor, hardly means they are wasted.

Sometimes, to stand out, you may find you try too hard or go too far. It’s difficult to say in my coaching experiences, how many of those of us more introverted may have claimed something like, “If only I were more extroverted.” That can be extreme. Going to the extreme is not always the best way to make yourself stand out from others.

Instead of trying to be something different why not use your personality to your advantage? Why not incorporate your traits and characteristics and use them to get noticed? After all, with half of us having a more introverted preference, if you disguise yourself, no one can benefit from your value.[Continue Reading…]

How to move beyond small talk: a step-by-step guide

How to move beyond small talk: a step-by-step guide

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Have you ever found yourself at an event stuck answering boring questions like “what do you do?” or “where are you from?” and wondering what to talk about next?

I call this the Small Talk Trap.

At first, everything seems to be going well, but after a few basic questions the conversation stalls. Due to my introversion, I often found myself talking to extroverts and stuck in the Small Talk Trap. As a result, my conversations would fizzle. Eventually, the other person would say something like, “Okay… nice to meet you…” while walking away.

It took me a lot of reading and some uncomfortable experimentation to find a way out of the Small Talk Trap. Today, I want to share the simple system I use to get to an interesting conversation.

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AWAKE #introverts! Work from your strengths for smoother sailing

There’s a metaphor online which I referenced in my book Communication Toolkit for Introverts. It ties in with this chapter of AWAKE #introverts! Work from your introvert strengths for smoother sailing. In general, it’s this:

In some ways, we are like a sailboat. A sailboat can have problems. These problems are like our weaknesses. Could be holes in sails or, worse, holes in the boat.

If any hole in a sailboat is not patched up – trouble!

Sailboats have sails to manage their travels. Consider sails like our strengths. Sails get hoisted, trimmed, and deserve attention to know how they are working and their condition. If we don’t pay attention to maximizing what the sails do, we can find ourselves not going anywhere, going slower than we want, or not at all.

† How has your belief or disbelief of commonly stated introvert myths helped you or hurt you in your everyday communication? It may be time to …[Continue Reading…]

Top 10 Chicken Quotations Disguised as One Introverts Humor

Everyday sayings, Top 10 Chicken Quotations Disguised as One Introverts Humor, about chickens, can give a person pause to think about how one of God’s little creatures could be so prevalent in our daily lives. It just seemed like an interesting comparison. If you’re more of an introvert and ever find yourself feeling “chicken” in any way, consider some chicken quotations to help you the next time you feel – chicken-hearted. [Continue Reading…]