How To Harness The Power Of Your Introversion
In most cases, people assume extroverts are the best communicators because they are outgoing and talkative. But, that is simply a misconception. Both introverts and extroverts alike can be excellent communicators. In fact, what comes naturally to an introvert can be extremely beneficial and powerful.
There are three communication benefits that we’ve discovered can be an asset for those who are more naturally introverted. The key is harnessing these powers for thoughtful and impactful communications.
1. Active Listening
We all know active listening is an important part of interpersonal communications. If you aren’t listening to the other person, it will be difficult to address their deepest concerns and come to an agreement. In fact, listening attentively can give you insight into how people truly feel i.e. what they’re doing with their body language or their slight shift in their tone of voice.
Many introverts have an uncanny and powerful ability to pick up the most subtle cues. It’s also a fantastic leadership skill because you can then tune into people and then ask them deeper questions based on what you’re hearing and observing.
2. Analyzing Data
Introverts are more likely to take in all of the information they have been given, process it in their mind before announcing a decision. This is a great quality. In fact, this will also help you build up your credibility as others can see that you’re thoughtful, analytical, and thorough in your critical thinking. This is the difference between responding versus reacting.
Sensing what is happening within the workplace is a powerful tool. Introverts are usually able to sense non-verbal cues from their peers as noted above.
In fact, sensing directly correlates with emotional intelligence, which gives you the ability to respond with empathy and create loyalty. Your colleagues and team may also be much more willing to go the extra mile for you if they feel like you truly understand them and connect with them.
In the end, harnessing the power of your introversion can positively impact your communication at work and with your team. It’s a strength! Now use your listening, thinking, and sensing ability to craft your communications so it’s powerful. Go you!
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