A third to half of professionals are introverts, but the workplace is still disproportionately optimized for extroverts. Here's how to speak up in a way that feels true to you.
- I'm an introvert, and maybe you are too.…In fact, studies show that somewhere between…a third and a half of people are introverts.…But the workplace is still disproportionately…optimized for extroverts.…After all, in most work environments…the people that get rewarded are the ones…who constantly speak up in meetings,…who network all the time, and go to the office happy hour,…and can't seem to get enough of socializing.…That's great for them,…but if that's not your nature,…and it's certainly not mine,…what can you do?…You've probably tried faking it,…and forcing yourself to act like an extrovert.…
Don't do that anymore, it's miserable.…Here's what to try instead,…and how to speak up in a way that feels true to you.…First, understand that being an introvert…isn't a pass to avoid speaking up.…"Oh, I can't do that, I'm an introvert."…That's just an excuse.…But what you can do, is start making a conscious effort…to play to your strengths.…A major area where this comes up at work is in meetings…where you often have to jostle to make a comment,…
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- Communicating with your colleagues
- When to use the phone or send an email
- Interpreting nonverbal cues
- Asking your boss the right questions
- Knowing when to listen and when to speak
- Communicating in tricky situations
- Handling an interruption
- Responding to critical feedback
- How to communicate as an introvert