“So, What Do YOU Do?” (Networking Tips for Introverts)

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Networking is anathema to most introverts – just the idea of walking into a room full of people talking about themselves in loud voices is enough to bring us out in a cold sweat.

When you eventually get a word in, it can feel like the Spanish Inquisition when someone turns the spotlight on you and asks: “So, what do YOU do?”

And then you get an overwhelming urge to divulge your entire life’s mission in one go – unleashing an avalanche onto your unsuspecting victims.

That’s why this article (Introvert Networking: What to say when they ask “What do you do?”) by Summer Turner is so helpful.

It encourages introverts to think of the “pitch” in networking situations as merely a conversation starter.

In normal conversation, you don’t try to tell the whole story in one go. In rather the same way as you would write an article, you introduce the concept slowly – in manageable chunks. Each chunk is designed to lead you to the next piece of information – so each chunk needs to pique interest.

In The Quiet Entrepreneur online community, we’ve started experimenting with conversation starters and opening lines we can use in networking situations.

Because it’s not just at a formal networking event that someone might ask you what you do. Friends who you haven’t seen for a while, family members, and total strangers who you meet in social situations (in the pub, at a wedding or a birthday party…) could sideswipe you with the same question.

So it’s good to always be prepared!

For example, I might want to say: “I’m a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and I offer visibility coaching and training to help introverts in business create videos to promote and deliver their services.”

But it’s a bit of a mouthful, and I would probably lose even the most devoted listener after the first phrase!

So how can I make it more manageable?

  1. I could start off with a short version of who I am:
    I’m a film maker.
    It’s fairly unusual, and people can easily conjure up a picture of what they imagine a film maker to be (Hollywood blockbusters, for instance). And even though their picture might be far off the mark (it is!), it is nevertheless a way to instantly connect with them, by stirring their imagination.
  2. Or I could start off by describing my tribe:
    I work with introvert entrepreneurs.
    One of the benefits of describing my tribe is that, if the person I’m talking with has no interest whatsoever in my tribe, they will probably end the conversation there and then – so that I can move on to someone who finds it fascinating.
  3. Or I could start off with what I do for my tribe:
    I help introverts create videos to promote and deliver their services.

Each of these statements has its merits – one of them being that they are all short. The question is: are they interesting?

Remember, you’re only trying to pique someone’s interest at this stage, to get a conversation started. In a formal networking situation, the likelihood is that the majority of the people you talk to isn’t going to be that interested anyway – so the sooner you can move on to someone who is, the better.

Also remember that networking isn’t about making a sale (although that’s a nice bonus when it happens!) – it’s about making connections with people who connect with other people, and who might mention you to someone else they meet, who needs what you’re offering.

So keep it short and sweet!


About the author Julia Barnickle - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.

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Superb Marketing Tactics To Help Your Business Grow

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This guest post is by Mehul Panchal.
Whilst many introverts don’t want to have a huge business, it’s still important for the business to grow so that it doesn’t stagnate – and so that you, as the business owner, don’t starve. In this article, Mehul reminds us of three key marketing tactics that will help your business grow.
~ Julia Barnickle

While you are set on being in business, out of the many priorities on your list there largely looms the prominence of ‘Marketing’. You can never negate the importance of marketing. The big business houses spend oodles of money on advertisements etc because they know very well that if they are “out of sight” of the consumers then very soon they will also be “out of mind” as well. They cannot afford this to happen in the business.

You have to be in front of your customers to help make the sale as that would lead the money to flow into your pocket, which is undeniably the motive of being in business and that also helps it to flourish. People should know about the products you sell or the services you offer. Hence, marketing is a mandatory aspect. Marketing can be defined as a procedure to make your products and services known. The whole idea of marketing is to reach your target customers and popularize the products.

However, there is a method for doing things, and so it is for marketing as well. You just cannot go about it in a random manner. You have to prepare a plan of action and move strategically to do proper marketing. Here emanates the idea of ‘Marketing Strategy’. This is all about the approach to publicize your product. The basic objective of marketing strategy is to increase sales and to accomplish a competitive edge in the market.

Suppose you have a goal for your business. Now marketing strategy answers the question of “how” it should be done. How would marketing provide an upsurge in your sales figure? How would it help you to be in the forefront leaving your competitors behind? It defines and explains in detail the path to be followed to achieve the goal. Chalking out a strategy for your reference gives a direction to your marketing goals.

Imagine. The market is full of products and services of some kind or the other. You may enter the market with the same products as the others are offering or with a similar product as that of the existing one or with a totally new product. In all the three cases, the success of your product depends highly on a variety of factors along with the marketing strategy you are adopting.

Amongst the marketing strategies, there are, in general, three major tactics that you can apply. The following are the three key marketing tactics that you can implement in order to help your business grow:

  1. Client Attraction – As the term goes, attraction tactics can be used to lure in the consumers to attract them towards your brand. Placing advertisements in various media channels, on big hoardings, on online platforms are all a part of this attraction policy. Using a jingle or a slogan for your brand that is off-beat, easily sticks and lingers in the minds of people and this helps in pulling them towards a brand.

    The main objective is to get noticed amongst your competitors. The ones interested will surely get attracted. Therefore, have a brand identity and represent it properly. Keep your brand identity in mind while representing it in public. Make your appearance a professional one so that people gets attracted to your brand instantly.
  2. Client Conversion – After you have attracted a set of people interested in your brand, it’s time for you to transform those potential customers into your clients who would be willing to avail your products or services and would like to pay for that as well. Conversion starts with a conversation between you and your potential client, whereby the latter is persuaded into taking some action, which initiates the conversation. But you have to be clear on two points as to: Who are you trying to convert? And what are you trying to convert them to?

    Besides be clear on what message you want to convey so that you can influence maximum number of people with utmost transparency and lucidity. High conversion rate indefinitely leads to more sales, less customers to lose and ensures a better return on investment.
  3. Client Retention – The next thing you can do after converting the potential prospects into buying customers is to retain them. According to facts, on an average, it takes 7 times more money to get a fresh customer than keeping an existing one. The reason being the existing customer already knows about your brand and trusts your credibility for the value you provide. Retention is a very profitable tactic as it involves low investment.

    Therefore, try to maintain the relationship with your existing customers, engage them in a lifetime commitment, gratify their needs with your products and services and find a pool of loyal customers around. They form a faithful set of return customers who are easily convinced to buy things from you and don’t argue much for the prices also. Return customers also become free campaigners of your product, without any investment on your part.

    Hence, it’s a journey which you can make memorable for your valuable customers and they will automatically prefer your brand and come back to you again and again.

Therefore try your best and apply these marketing tactics in your business to help it grow as never before.

Your valuable comments on this are welcome.


About the author

Mehul PanchalMehul Panchal is an entrepreneur, business adviser, mentor, speaker & writer. Also founder and Chief Managing Director of Filter Concept Pvt. Ltd. Find out more about him via his website http://www.mehulpanchal.com

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How Do I Prepare for a Podcast or Live Talk as an Introvert?

Julia Barnickle giving a talk about introverts at The Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, 2016
Julia Barnickle gives a talk about introverts at The Polyglot Gathering, Berlin 2016

In The Quiet Entrepreneur Facebook group this week, community member and comic strip artist Richard Pettitt posted a link to a podcast where he was interviewed by fellow introvert Tara Roskell.

Richard says: “I was nervous about doing the interview because it’s a one-take, not a twenty-five-take like my own videos/audios are! But talking to Tara on Skype (no camera) was just like chatting to a friend on the phone, and once she got me onto topics that I was happy and excited to talk about, I was away.

It helped that I saw most of the questions a few days beforehand so I could mentally prepare a little. I was aware that the interview wasn’t live, and that nobody but Tara was listening to the conversation at the time (And if I felt it had gone terribly, I could probably have told Tara not to share it). So, if anybody gets the opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast, I’d say go for it, because it actually feels very introvert-friendly.

Do a practice run

I was interviewed for a podcast myself, in 2013, and I also felt very nervous beforehand – partly because I didn’t know the interviewer very well (we had met online through a mutual friend only a couple of weeks before), and partly because, as an introvert, I don’t like being put on the spot and having to come up with intelligible answers.

About a week before the podcast we arranged a Skype call, so that we could get to know each other and learn about each other’s conversational style. That made a huge difference, because we actually got on very well, and we were each able to sense when the other person had finished talking – so we didn’t end up talking over each other all the time.

If possible, get a copy of the questions

Like Richard, I had been sent a copy of the questions (lots of them), and I actually wrote down my answers to each question, in case I developed amnesia on the day! It’s invaluable to have a copy of the questions in advance, so that you can prepare yourself – because, as all introverts know, we do like to prepare what we’re going to say, rather than speaking off-the-cuff.

It was quite a different experience when I was interviewed by a journalist for an article in The Telegraph, in 2015. On that occasion, I had no previous knowledge of what questions I would be asked – which did make me feel a bit nervous, but by that time I had developed greater confidence in my ability to talk on the subject of being an introvert in business.

I also knew that the article was timed to coincide with the launch of “The Introvert Entrepreneur” book by Beth Buelow, and that my comments would form only a small part of the whole article, so I felt slightly less pressured than if I had been the principle interviewee.

If all else fails, talk to yourself!

When I was preparing to do a talk about introvert polyglots at The Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, in 2016, I spent nearly a month simply talking out loud to an imaginary audience, so that I could work out exactly what I wanted to say. By the time I did the live talk, I was so familiar with my content that I didn’t need many notes – although I did subject my audience to Powerpoint slides, to keep me on track!

Talking to yourself might seem to be an odd thing to do – but in my research for my polyglot talk, I discovered that a high percentage of introverts talk to themselves when they want to practise another language. So perhaps it’s not such a daft idea. In my experience, it helps to embed the content of your talk in your brain – and I’m not talking about learning a script, but simply becoming so familar with your topic that it flows easily and naturally on the day.


About the author Julia Barnickle - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.

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Partnering With Extroverts: One Disaster, One Success, Several Lessons

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This guest post is by Marcia Yudkin.
As an introvert, it can be tempting to avoid working with extroverts, especially if we have had a bad experience in the past. The fear, often, is that we won’t be able to make our voice heard. But extroverts do possess useful qualities that introverts find challenging. In this article, Marcia describes two situations where she collaborated with extroverts.
~ Julia Barnickle

Can introverts and extroverts collaborate productively, joining forces to achieve results they wouldn’t have accomplished on their own? Two cases in point: one that imploded and another that generated a win-win. I have changed the names of those involved.

“Let’s Start a Company”

I met Rachel, a writer like me, at an artist colony. Rachel was a tornado of enthusiasm who swept others into her funnel – even an introvert like me, who tends to hang back until I trust someone. After we became friends, Rachel described her dream of presenting business writing seminars. She argued that the need existed, that she had contacts who would turn into clients and that we would prosper as a team. At first I said no, but her whirlwind of positive energy convinced me.

We signed an office lease and landed two seminar projects right away through Rachel’s contacts. We designated Rachel as company president and me as vice-president, as I didn’t mind being the backstage manager. Rachel did the talking when reporters called because of press releases I’d written. At her request, I took care of the proofreading and accounting.

“Haven’t you always wanted to start a company?” she asked me one day. “No? Really?”

After the first few months, Rachel confessed that she wasn’t sure where to turn next for prospects. Most months, our company income was higher than expenses, but twice I had to bail us out to make the rent. Rachel lived month to month, with no credit cards, and had been behind for years on her student loans.

It took me a year and a half to realize that everything that Rachel did for our company, I was also capable of doing, but the reverse wasn’t true. She talked a great game, but way more income was coming in from promotions I wrote than from her schmoozing. We limped on together until our two-year lease finished, then dissolved the partnership. Our friendship dissolved as well.

“Let’s Write a Book”

MaryAnne was an outgoing, established professional who coached business people on their speaking skills and had an idea for a book that would incorporate her knowledge. Would I be interested in co-authoring it? I thought her book idea had merit. With the help of my literary agent, we secured a decent contract offer.

We made steady progress on schedule toward the contractual book deadline. MaryAnne was upbeat, pleasant and completely reliable, and I enjoyed cooperating with her. She had a short attention span, but she had accommodated that both in designing the book to have unusually brief chapters and in giving me just four or five pages of notes for those little chapters every week.

Like Rachel, MaryAnne wasn’t a detail person, but she always helped me clarify whatever I didn’t understand from her notes. We met the deadline with a manuscript that our editor liked, and the book made a big splash, with a two-day auction for paperback reprint rights, translations into French and Japanese and an appearance for MaryAnne on the Oprah Winfrey show.

MaryAnne couldn’t have done this without someone like me. She lacked knowledge and contacts in the world of publishing and the skills to refine what she knew into smoothly polished prose. We each earned six figures from our cooperation. We stay in touch from time to time and wish each other well.

Red Flags and Green Flags

Interestingly, my first response to Rachel’s invitation to collaborate was no, and my initial instinct for MaryAnne’s proposal was cautiously positive. I think I knew intuitively that Rachel was roping me into a scheme of hers while MaryAnne was suggesting something mutually beneficial. My intuitive “no” to Rachel was a first red flag. I never stopped to ask why it was important to Rachel to convince me to join forces with her before she started the seminar company.

A second red flag was that Rachel made money decisions that were foreign to me. She was extremely casual about owing money to the government and to other people When the business was out of cash, it unfairly fell to me to make good on the shortfall. I now believe that how people handle money signifies much about their character generally.

The third red flag had to do directly with extrovert/introvert stereotypes. We fell into a division of labor in accordance with our respective personalities. Because she was effusive in her manner and could talk to anyone about anything, both she and I wrongly believed that she was a natural at sales. In fact, I had a far better track record of convincing people to invest money in projects than she did.

Whereas with Rachel I mistook personal magnetism for social competence, with MaryAnne the green flags included indicators of actual competence and responsibility. MaryAnne had a realistic sense of business from having had to fill her coaching calendar through hustle and good work. Publishing a book was a goal of hers, but she didn’t need me to buy into her dream – another green flag.

And finally, MaryAnne’s extroversion took the form of being friendly and funny, while Rachel’s energy was overwhelming. The sheer volume of Rachel’s gusto, along with her ability to talk about things she actually knew little about, had a dominating impact on someone more reserved, like me. When MaryAnne was excited about something with me, I never felt like I had to extract myself from her influence afterwards.

The Upshot

The lessons for how introverts and extroverts can successfully team up well in business include:

  • Listen to your intuition – the part of you that knows, even though you don’t know how you know.
  • Avoid basing your expectations on personality stereotypes and assumptions. These played a major part in dooming my partnership with Rachel.
  • Make sure neither of you is attempting to cover up a lack or to reach success on the back of someone else. Weaknesses need to be out in the open.
  • As an introvert, you may be vulnerable to getting snowed by extroverted enthusiasm. Watch out for that.

About the author

Marcia YudkinMarketing expert and author Marcia Yudkin is a fierce advocate for introverts, showing them how to claim their talents and strengths while rejecting the culture’s emphasis on hype, manipulation and ego. She is the author of “6 Steps to Free Publicity”, “Persuading People to Buy” and numerous other books, as well as the ebook, audiobook and online course “Marketing for Introverts” all of which are available via her website http://www.yudkin.com

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7 Reasons Introverts Now Rule the World

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This guest post is by Belle Belace.
She also made the infographic, which is based on an article by Larry Kim: 7 Reasons Introverts Now Rule The World.
~ Julia Barnickle

The American Extrovert Ideal would have us all believe that gregarious people are destined to be more successful than introverts: Better leaders, better communicators, better entrepreneurs, better all around.

But the truth is that introverts now rule the world. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at some of the richest people in the world today: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, Elon Musk… All introverts.

In this entertaining infographic made with Visme, we give you seven more credible reasons why introverts’ unique temperament and talents make them some of the best leaders and creative thinkers in the world.


About the author
Belle is an Awareness Specialist at Visme.
You can follow Belle on Twitter.

 
 
 

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Do Introverts Make the Best Polyglots?

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin - copyright Julia Barnickle

I’ve just returned from the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, where I delivered a talk entitled “Do Introverts Make the Best Polyglots?

As an introvert myself, I thought it a little odd that I’m also a polyglot (I speak French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as my native English) because I would normally associate polyglotism with being able to speak multiple languages, rather than just read, write or listen to them – and that involves quite a lot of social interaction if you want to become fluent.

This is the first talk I’ve done since the one for the Inner Winner Conference in Bratislava, in 2014. I’d quite like to make this a regular thing, doing talks that involve travel to other countries!!

The talk combines

  • stories of my own experience of learning languages as an introvert polyglot
  • insights into the different brain chemistry and processing for introverts and extroverts
  • results of a survey about extroverts, introverts and language learning, which I ran prior to the event
  • suggestions for introverts who would like to practise speaking other languages

If you want to skip to the results of the survey, that section starts at 30:10 – you also have the choice of watching the slides with a voice-over, or a video recording of the live talk.

Slides and voice-over version:

Live version:


About the author Julia Barnickle - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.

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Why I Prefer AWeber or MailChimp for Automating my E-mail Marketing

Why I Prefer AWeber to MailChimp for Automating my E-mail Marketing

One of the basic assets of a business is having a list of potential customers that you can contact from time to time, to see if they’re interested in buying something from you – by post, phone or e-mail. For an on-line business, an e-mail marketing list can be gathered from people who visit your website and sign up for your free gift and newsletter. This is your community.

Two of the most popular platforms for creating an e-mail marketing list, to stay in contact with your community, are AWeber and MailChimp (affiliate links). I’ve used both, and still do. There are benefits and drawbacks to each. On the whole, though, I prefer AWeber.

In fact I recently changed from AWeber to MailChimp for The Quiet Entrepreneur website – and after two days, I decided to change back!

MailChimp

The biggest benefit of MailChimp is that it’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers.

The biggest drawback is that you can’t send an automated e-mail when a new subscriber signs up. You therefore have to edit the MailChimp Thank You page, or set up a Thank You page on your website and link to it from MailChimp, so that you can give your new subscriber access to their free gift (unless you upgrade to a paid account).

I’m also not keen on the way MailChimp handles lists. You can only send an e-mail to one list at a time. Also, if you only want to send an e-mail to part of your list (customers, for example), you have to segment the list by manually setting up additional columns of information.

AWeber

The biggest drawback of AWeber is that you have to pay $19 per month for up to 500 subscribers and $29 per month for up to 2,500 subscribers (prices correct July 2015), which can feel like a lot of money when you first start out – but you do get a free 30 day trial.

Another drawback used to be that you couldn’t import names and e-mail addresses into AWeber if you had gathered them elsewhere, without asking your subscribers to opt in again. However, this has now been changed, and you can bypass the opt-in if your subscribers have already given their consent to being contacted by e-mail.

The main benefits of AWeber are that 1) you can send out automated e-mails, and 2) you can easily set up multiple lists.

  1. Automated e-mails, or “autoresponders” are not only useful when a new subscriber signs up to your newsletter – you can also use them for sending out a multiple-part e-course, as either a free offering or a paid product. Or, like me, you could send out a short series of e-mails to welcome new subscribers without bombarding them all at once.
  2. Multiple lists are useful if you have multiple products and services to offer your community. When someone buys something from your website, via Paypal for example, they can be automatically added to the list of customers for that specific product or service – which makes it so much easier to follow up with additional offers or updates, or to send out automated e-mails to a specific group of customers for an e-course. Then, when you send out your newsletter, you can send it to all your lists in one go, and AWeber will make sure it only goes to each person once.

Why did I change to MailChimp and back to AWeber?

I recently exported my subscriber list to MailChimp to save costs, because I’ve been taking a bit of a sabbatical this year.

Then I thought of something I wanted to sell from the website, and I realised it would be much easier to stick with the flexibility of AWeber – especially as my Paypal account is currently linked to AWeber, and I can’t quite figure out where to change the details in the updated Paypal interface!

As an introvert, I use software to simplify processes by reducing the amount of manual intervention needed – because manual intervention is energy draining for me. And I find that AWeber makes it much simpler to automate the process of building an e-mail marketing list and keeping in touch with my newsletter subscribers and paying customers.

And back to MailChimp…

In the end, I decided I was spending too much keeping my AWeber account going, when there are ways you can get round the problem in MailChimp. And, over time, I’ve realised I find MailChimp easier to use!


About the author Julia Barnickle - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.

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Mindfulness for Introverts

Mindfulness for Introverts

This guest post is by Alison Goodwin.
Introverts often have a tendency to over-think… and it’s generally not very helpful. I’m a great believer in mindfulness and non-attachment to thoughts and goals, so when Alison offered to write an article about mindfulness, I knew it would be a perfect topic for The Quiet Entrepreneur.
~ Julia Barnickle

Ever woken up in the morning and felt just blurgh? Lots of ‘negative’ emotions going on in your head and it’s so hard to stop them?

You are not alone. Many of us suffer in this way from time to time. It happened to me today. I woke up feeling really yuk. I had no idea what it was about. One thing I did notice was how my mind was trying to get really busy figuring out what on earth was going on. This is completely normal.

Being a business owner this can be a bit tricky. I have lots of things to be getting on with, but let’s face it when we feel blurgh we just want to hide under the covers. An interesting thing happened though. I could have allowed my mind to write off my day altogether given how I was feeling, but this didn’t happen. Why?

One word: mindfulness.

Over the years I have learned to notice thoughts and feelings and to recognise them for what they are: thoughts and feelings. They are not real. What makes a thought or feeling feel real is the attention we bring to it. My thoughts are my own but they don’t describe me. Sometimes – like today – I may feel sad, but it doesn’t mean that I am a sad person. I am just experiencing sadness at this moment. And this too will change. This emotion will pass by, like a cloud floating in the sky.

I’m not saying become like a robot and ignore our feelings: emotions can bring us very useful information when we listen. The problem arises when our minds become so filled with busy thoughts trying to work stuff out, that there is no room to breathe and see what is really happening.

But we can try another way. This way can really help to ride the storm and allow you to continue about your day feeling calmer. Have a go at this:

  • See if you can just notice your thoughts but don’t allow the mind to build it into something much bigger, i.e., be with the emotion but try not to believe what your thoughts are saying to you (it’s usually really self-critical)
  • Notice your thoughts with absolute kindness as if you are dealing with a small child
  • At the same time, breathe. Notice your inhale and your exhale – particularly noticing the movement of your chest and lower abdomen
  • Feel the seat underneath you and where it is touching your body. Feel your feet on the floor. Use this as your anchor if the emotion really tries to carry you away
  • If needs be, go for a short walk in a park. Exercising in nature for around 10 minutes has been scientifically proven to calm the mind down
  • Know that this will all change and it will get easier – providing we don’t believe the story that our mind is telling us

When you are calmer, you may receive some information through your intuition as to what was going on. But don’t cling to that. Just know that sometimes we know what is happening – and sometimes we really don’t. See if you can be with that instead. However you are, give yourself a large dose of self-love and compassion. You are doing the best that you can right now.

If you get really stuck, please feel free to get in touch and share your difficulties. I might be able to give you some further pointers to help you. You can even reach me via Skype if you want to speak to me in person. The choice is yours.

Take care of yourselves.


About the author Alison GoodwinAlison is a Wellness Coach, Yoga teacher, Walks Leader, meditator and Zen Buddhist with a passion for living a more connected, calmer way of living – and having some fun along the way too! She runs Calming the Mind – a business dedicated to giving you the tools to find greater inner peace – no matter what is going on for you right now. She can be contacted via her website: www.calmingthemind.org

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Introversion As A Superpower

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I’ve just signed up for a lunchtime seminar at The School Of Life, in London, on the topic of Introversion – A Superpower. The speaker is Tazeen Ahmad, an experienced journalist and TV news reporter.

The aim of the seminar is to “explore how the introvert can understand, improve and thrive in their professional life”. I’m imagining there will be mostly introverts there, which should give me an opportunity to network in relative safety!

I’m not sure that I agree with the concept of Introversion as a Superpower.

The problem with the “introvert revolution” that we’re currently experiencing is that it could be construed as saying that introverts are “better” than extroverts – which just isn’t true. We all have value in our individual and unique ways.

I suppose it’s akin to the early days of the feminist movement. At times, I felt that also went a bit over the top – but it’s understandable after generations of being seen as second-class citizens.

The School Of Life runs quite a few workshops and seminars with Introversion as the topic, if you’re able to get to London.


About the author Julia Barnickle - The Quiet EntrepreneurJulia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.

Follow Julia on Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | or on her website.

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