Do you look inward to gain power? Then you are introverted. Here’s how to put one together for use with your business.
Who says people with introverted personality lack social skills; and why do so many people think that the very term “introvert” is synonymous with shy?
One of the most common misconceptions about what an introvert personality type is lies right there, in the assumption that it is shyness that inhibits and impairs the person’s ability to develop.
Introverts do not work that way. In this 6-point guide, you will learn how to be an introvert and entrepreneur:
- Control your inner dialogue
- Pitch investors
- Network to suit you
- Creates business opportunities in the right way
- Communicates based on your circumstances
- Brilliant in social media
What is a introvert?
- You are very aware of details in the surroundings.
- You think carefully before you speak or act.
- You are not a risk taker.
- You like to talk to people one by one and appreciate few and deep relationships.
- You weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.
- You are creative and a good listener.
- You think deeply and can maintain your concentration for a long time.
- Social contacts drain you of energy. You build new energy in solitude.
- You are internally controlled and self-reflective.
Guide for introverted entrepreneurs
1 Control your inner dialogue
Introverts learn and make decisions through an ongoing conversation with themselves. Sometimes the dialogue becomes too strict: “I should not have said that”. “I do not have enough information”.
But other people do not think so just because you do. Practice supportive messages: “Well, that was actually quite okay to say”. “I’m well prepared.” The goal is that you should not even think about how others perceive what you say.
2. Pitch investors
Being introverted can be a strength when applying for funding. You are good at doing research, can work independently and concentrated for a long time, prepare carefully, are creative and have focus.
During the presentation itself, you also have the ability to observe the surroundings and be able to adapt. Often you have ready-made answers to questions that may arise – you have already thought about it, deep thinker as you are.
3. Network to suit you
Long days at big events and fairs can mean a worst-case scenario. A lot of small talk with strangers, with very little meaningful conversations.
- Identify in advance the ones you really want to talk to. Concentrate on creating meaningful contact with them.
- Register as a volunteer at an event if you have the time and opportunity.
- It is a good way to create contact with those who run the event and keep track of important participants.
- Do not cling to a good friend all day long to avoid talking to strangers.
- Let your friend introduce you to the right people.
- When you meet an interesting person, you only have a few seconds to sell your story.
- Train your pitch and learn to adapt it depending on who you meet.
- Decide in advance how you want to end the conversation.
- Ask for a meeting, change business cards, follow up with an email.
- Go away. Gain strength by being by yourself for a while.
- Learn when it’s time to retire! Staying too long is often fruitless and the only risk is that you appear unfocused and uninvolved.
- Most people have an absolute limit when it’s enough, respect it.
4. Create business opportunities
Run your business in the way that suits your personality and use a business model that is good for you. You do not have to do like everyone else. Small talk with an infinite number of hot leads is just tiring.
Instead, develop fewer but deeper relationships with one actor at a time. Choose five people you can contact in person and have meaningful conversations with.
5. Communicate based on your circumstances
Communication with customers, suppliers, partners and investors can be a challenge for introverts compared to extroverts. As an introverted entrepreneur, you do not become best friends with everyone, but rather with one or two.
Decide in advance when, how and what you intend to communicate and who you will communicate with. Choose regular measuring points or occasions during the year when you actually want to say something.
If necessary, be clear when you are not reachable (except in times of crisis). For example, weekdays after 8 pm or Sundays.
6. Excel on social media
No, you can not avoid social media if you are an entrepreneur. But here are tricks that will make you shine both as an entrepreneur and introvert.
- Talk one-on-one. Many introverts are good listeners. Use it when you reply in the comments field on the Facebook page or on your blog.
- Making the customer feel seen in depth even though the communication takes place digitally is a real superpower for an introverted entrepreneur.
- As an introvert, you like to avoid the spotlight. Good, put all the light on your followers instead, let them shine.
- Ask questions, announce contests, let your followers contribute to your feed under a hashtag. Just be clear about the purpose.
- Tell a story. Since introverts are looking for a deeper meaning with everything, there is certainly a good story that can be told – without you putting the light on you as a person!
- Use parables, give good examples, tell about triumphs. Highlight the story about your company, and about customers and employees.
What is a extrovert?
Now we have gone through what distinguishes introverts. What then is an extrovert like?
- Extroverts’ thoughts and what they actually say often overlap quite well. An introvert can think a thousand thoughts and say only a few sentences.
- Extroverts prefer stimulating environments. In quiet, secluded environments, they become bored and restless.
- Conflicts usually do not affect extroverts in the same deep way as introverts.
- The internal conversation is not as active. The conversation is instead going on with people around.
- They are more practical and realistic than introverted and more actively engaged in their surroundings.
- They are planning more social activities. Even when they are at home and just resting, there is always time to plan additional social activities.
- Extroverts can handle more social interactions. They need to be social to feel good. Of course, they also need privacy, but in much smaller doses.
What is a ambivert?
Most have traits of both introverted and extroverted personality with an emphasis in one direction or another. But there are also ambiverts that are in the middle. They are just to be congratulated – they can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Why is it good to know?
Understanding ourselves and others allows us to make wise decisions.
I personally am a introvert and I think introverts and extroverts for that matter have the potential to be great leaders and accomplish great things. I also think that no one is fully a extrovert or fully a introvert.
I think it is important to not put yourself in a box becasue I think we can draw streanght from both sides of the introvert/extrovert spectrum to be abel to accomplish outstanding things. And I know you can do it.