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Skill Level Beginner
- Hello, I'm Rachel and I'm a social introvert. I'm also an executive coach. I own and run my own coaching consultancy called Tea and Empathy in my spare time, and I have a full-time job as a leader in the corporate world. I'm not shy. I'm not socially awkward, well, most of the time, and I generally like people very much, but I am most definitely introverted and proud of it. In the past, I really struggled with my introversion. I think I was in denial because I didn't really understand it. So much I encountered, right from early childhood, led me to believe that introverted traits were something to be overcome or corrected, that I was somehow odd. In fact, for over 40 years I struggled with feeling like I wasn't enough, that I should be a different version of me, one that was a strong action taker, decisive, energetic, larger than life, dynamic, and quick on the uptake, fun to be around, always clear, good at networking and putting myself out there. (heavy sighing) How exhausting. Don't get me wrong. I can be all of those things if I'm minded to, but it's not my default, natural self and can quickly drain me, leaving me overwhelmed, depressed, feeling inadequate, incongruent, and self-critical. In fact, I managed to burn myself out trying to be a perfect extrovert, pretending to be someone other than my natural self. Since then, I've come to realize and accept my true introverted nature and understand that there's no shame in just being me, comfortable in my own skin. It's such a liberation, such a release of potential possibility and performance. Am I now a superwoman? Am I now perfect? No, of course not, but it is true that I've never been more successful in all areas of my life as I am right now since I learned how to embrace the natural me and fully harness my strengths as an introvert. I've learned it's actually wonderful to be an introvert. You know over 50% of the population identify as being introverted. We're actually a majority, just a quiet one. I know from a decade of being an executive coach with hundreds of clients, that there are secret introverts everywhere struggling with who they are and feeling that they need to become a more extroverted version of themselves. And that's why I've created this course on the power of introverts, to give a little balance. The world needs the strengths of extroverts and introverts. One is not better than the other. We just bring different things and we compliment each other. It's not about right or wrong, but there is an unconscious bias in our society towards extroverted traits. And until introverts, themselves, feel able to stand sure and step into our full quiet strength, that bias will be perpetuated and the full synergy created by balancing extroversion and introversion will fail to materialize. In this course, you will learn exactly what introversion is and what introversion isn't. We'll be busting some myths and misconceptions. You will learn about your introvert strengths, and how to leverage them, and how to keep yourself at your best, so you can use those introvert superpowers.