Ep. 65: Survival Tips for Introverts

This week’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks and altMBA.

It’s an extrovert’s world out there, but that doesn’t mean introverts can’t thrive. Josh and Shelby discuss their introvert personality traits and how hosting this podcast has helped them. Shelby catches Chris Brogan for a quick chat about how introverts can promote themselves as a brand via social media without it making them uncomfortable. And we share five tips for introverts to survive in an extrovert office.

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Brogan shares tips for balancing the need for connectivity with an introverted personality:

For speaking engagements

  • Speakers usually get lots of attention. Find some quiet time away from everything to recharge.
  • Ask questions when you’re feeling introverted. It turns the topic of conversation away from you.

For content creators

  • Opt for less personal information sharing. If you don’t want to share photos of your kids on Instagram, post your meals or your hobbies.

Josh and Shelby share five tips for introverts in an extroverted office, straight from SUCCESS.com:

  • Offer to host meals.
  • Join a speaker’s group.
  • Be ready for confrontations—always have response.
  • Establish a workflow process with co-workers.
  • Schedule “internal thinking hours” into your day.

Plus three extras work/life tips:

  • When you really need to focus, use headphones.
  • Find a quiet spot in the office.
  • Know yourself. Introversion isn’t a negative trait, but life requires some extroversion. To access that side of yourself, find the methods and times that best fit your personality.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“If you weren’t familiar with some of the characteristics of introverts vs. extroverts, you may actually think, There’s something wrong with me, I’m antisocial.… I used to think, Why can’t I think on my feet like this person? It’s just that I think differently. I need that time by myself to think of it before I can volley back and forth.”

Shelby Skrhak

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