Labels serve a purpose but are they any good? #introverts

Do you label people? How does that work for you?

How do you think labeling ourselves as introvert or extrovert affects us?

I’ve grown up with “label with caution.” Even when I facilitate a workshop, I ask people to place a tent card with their name on it, so I don’t acknowledge them with a, “Hey you” label. Oh dear, but aren’t names labels? If they are, is there anything wrong with that kind of label?[Continue Reading…]

Business Networking Tip: How to Make and Utilize Contacts, Not Lose Them

Networking is the art of making and using your contacts.

Too often people think it’s all about “getting,” but the truth is, you have to give to get.

Just how do you make this philosophy work?

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Introvert Tip – Top 3 Innate Strengths for Public Speaking

The recent post, How to overcome the fear of public speaking, had me thinking about how introverts could take advantage of who we are naturally and begin to see themselves in another light.

Public speaking for anyone in business is one of the best ways to attract clients in your community. Workshops and presentations are ways to deliver your message that reaches many people at one time. When you hone your message what you will find for example is, if you get into one Rotary, other Rotary groups will add you to their speaker of the week agenda. When I left my company “job” in 1990 I didn’t realize introverts were hindered to use one of the best marketing tools available – public speaking. Hone your message to where it delivers valuable content, and then, people become interested in tracking you down to talk with them about what you really do. It’s client attraction at it’s best.

If you want to, you can eventually be a paid speaker. But let’s take public speaking for introverts and consider top three innate strengths we have for a solid foundation to make it work easily. Whether you are giving a company presentation,  or delivering a sales presentation or even found yourself in the enviable position of being asked to speak in front of a professional organization. Certainly we have more strengths but let’s start right here.

Introvert Tip – Top 3 Innate Strengths for Public Speaking

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Introverts – Don't JUST Run With Those Plans in Your Head!

Overwhelm – it’s often a problem for introverts in business because of the time we spend in our head. Silly Olympics – Are you a runner? by Cathy Demers talks about why it’s important to clarify your goals.

    Depending on your age, and perhaps your sense of humor, you may be familiar with the Monty Python skit “the Silly Olympics”. Even if you do recall it take a brief moment and watch the first 30 seconds of this YouTube video:

    If you can’t view the video, let me give you the highlights: The 27th Silly Olympiad, an event held traditionally every 3.7 years, which this year has brought together competitors from over 4 million different countries. The first event in the Silly Olympics, as the announcer explains, is the 100 yard dash for people with no sense of direction

    Warmed up, in good shape, and ready to go the runners are all nicely lined up at the starting line…the starter pistol fires…and they are off at great speed. Where do they go? Nowhere. Do you look like one of those runners? Do you FEEL like one of those runners?

    Many business owners I know run their business like they are contestants in the Silly Olympics. Oh, they start with great enthusiasm and energy and fly from the starting line.

    But, for far too small business owners who proceed without a clear vision of the finish line, they end up just running in circles. Eventually exhaustion and frustration takes hold until they finally give up the race altogether and head back to the lockers (a “real” job).

    The prices you pay for being a contestant in the silly Olympics are huge! Your money, self-esteem, future security, physical and mental health, and relationships can all be left in the dust.

    The price small business owners who find themselves in the Silly Olympics pay most often, second only to lack of financial success, is overwhelm. Overwhelm!

    If you are feeling overwhelmed in any way I assure you it’s not because you have too much to do. As a small business owner that will never change. Never has, never will. It’s because you have joined the race for people with no sense of direction. Want to run a race you can win? Develop a clear vision of the future of your business.

Energy – Extroverts Here’s What Energizes Introverts

Two potential introvert clients this week expressed similar needs in a different context: “I’m feeling so stressed doing it their way!” The “their way,” is doing whatever the task is in an extroverted fashion. Someone more extroverted gets their energy, stamina, in a different way than a more introverted person. Neither is better way, they are just different. What gives you the best results is to be who you are and find a balance with others using their preferences: [Continue Reading…]

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