If you’re reading this, you’re just like me, an introvert trying to make it in business. Some of you must be thinking, it’s good to socialise, meet people, make new friends and that’s all good for business. It’s true that it is. That’s where opportunities come from. Well being an introvert doesn’t mean that we don’t socialise, and it surely doesn’t mean that we’re not confident. It just means that we need our alone time to refresh ourselves. So here are some benefits of being an introvert in business.
Introverts will generally build better, closer relationships compared to extroverts. Why? because they don’t socialise for the sake of socialising or for career gains. They have a greater need for something more in depth and meaningful. Building rapport with others means more when you’re not talking to everyone and being the life of the party. We can call it skipping the small talk and getting into the meat of the subject if both parties are compatible of course. I know a lot of people who hate small talk and even feel offended by it.
Building Closer Relationships
If you’ve ever been on a date, girls get turned off by a guy who keeps going on and on. Introverts are great listeners. Rather than needing to say something, introverts love listening and trying to understand. This is good when dealing with clients, partners, and associates. They get the sense that you are not too aggressive and will be willing to understand their point of view. It’s also polite not to interrupt.
Social media is the buzz today and will be for a long time to come. It’s a gift to introverts. Not only is it easier to communicate, but introverts tend to get more out of the connections through social media. This is generalising quite a bit but extroverts are extroverts on social media, while introverts are introverts on social media. This is a huge advantage to introverts because, in a world where there’s so much noise on social media, people are looking for something actually meaningful. An introvert is less likely to spam messages to a hundred people to make a connection and most people don’t like getting spammed.
In a meeting where everyone is brainstorming and saying what they think, an introvert usually has some of the best suggestions. That’s if they get the word out. Reason being they don’t just let out what they think or feel at the moment but they actually take the time to think it through. Extroverts tend to say what they think and after a while of thinking through, might not be how they would’ve liked to say it. That’s not a bad thing but it’s always good to have a different point of view in any case.
Have A Different POV (point of view)
It’s unfair to say that extroverts are self-centred but introverts tend to be less self centred than extroverts. Introverts are more self-reflecting and are less likely to want too much attention. How does this help in business? Let’s just say it’s easier to like and work with someone who’s not so full of himself. Apart from being less egoistic, they are usually more understanding and know what it’s like not to be heard. That’s where a business can thrive, when the so called ‘smaller people’ feel like they mean something.
Introverts spend less time with unnecessary socialising and might even feel like it’s not as important as other things. This can be an advantage because they work more on other business affairs than wasting time on small talk. Of course socialising is important but too much and we might be better off being more balanced. That’s why businesses have a sales and PR department where their jobs are more or less to socialise. The rest of the business still needs running and working out those issues may be the best thing you can do for your business.
So there you have it. As an introvert myself, I feel that we do have strengths and weaknesses. Let’s play to our strengths and try to improve on our weaknesses. In the end, I always feel it’s good to be balanced and have partners who are both introverts and extroverts. Do you think I missed out on any key points? Comment below!
Rebecca is an author, entrepreneur and most of all a wife and mother of 2. What she enjoys the most is helping normal people reach their full potential. Rebecca uses her ever growing skills in writing to inspire people and not settle for a normal life. As an entrepreneur, she has no shortage of failures and that is why Rebecca is the ideal person to talk about this.
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