An introvert can be a powerful communicator
There is a misconception that strong communicators are extroverts, but that isn’t always the case. Yes, introverts can have a more difficult time speaking up or perhaps are less likely to feel comfortable in front of people. However, being an introvert does not mean that you can’t be a strong communicator.
Just like fellow extroverts, introverts can also use tools to help them communicate more effectively. Whether the communication is during a presentation, at a pitch meeting, in an interview, or simply with co-workers, there are always ways to improve your communication skills.
Tools For Communicating As An Introvert
Everyone needs communication tools in their toolbelt, but below are introvert-specific tools that can help communication.
1. Believe In Yourself
This may seem like an almost silly tool, but the truth is most people have a hard time believing that their opinion or their input matters. In order to effectively communicate you have to believe in yourself. You have to know that you bring value to the conversation. Just because an extrovert may be louder doesn’t mean that their voice is more important than yours. Know your worth.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
The old saying still rings true. If you need to give a presentation or lead a business meeting it is so important that you practice. Not only will this calm your nerves, but it will also boost your confidence. You can practice questions being thrown your way as well as slides not working properly. Because not everything is always going to run smoothly. So give yourself a chance to prepare as much as you can – for the good and for the unfortunate PowerPoint malfunction.
3. Be Yourself
Yes, introverts, be yourself. It’s okay if your answers are shorter – as long as they are to the point and answer the question you don’t have to go on and on. Remember that quality is always better than quantity.
4. Write When You Can
If there are times where you feel like one-on-one communication is too overwhelming, consider writing when you can. Write the email instead of popping your head into the office. Communicate via the many different apps your company offers whether it’s Trello, Asana, Monday.com, and more.
You can also write down what you want to say to someone before you say it. This gives you a chance to think through your thoughts and have your idea ready.
Remember, you don’t need to become an extrovert. The key to communicating as an introvert is to know who you are, believe in yourself, and stay true to that.
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