An Introvert Guide To Workplace Communication

Do you avoid eye contact and morning conversations?

Do you take a long detour to avoid the chatty Cathy at work?

Well, in that case, you are an introvert. Surviving in a workplace can be a real struggle for you. Learn the best course of action for this continuous struggle.

Know Your Self Worth

In order to perform at your full potential, you need to know your strengths and weaknesses. By highlighting your strong points, you can determine the setting that works best for you.

Leave Behind The Passivity

Active participation is pertinent for your growth in an organization. Your chances of moving-up the corporate ladder decreases, if you keep great ideas to yourself.

Introverts can be great passive listener; this makes them an ideal target for frustrated employees who want to vent their feelings. But passive listening can’t always be good.

So, the next time your boss shares an idea, listen actively, nod your head and make eye contact. You will get noticed if you provide useful feedback and show interest in discussion.

Don’t Force Yourself

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 15 million adults face social anxiety disorder. Functioning in a social gathering can be difficult for some people; you don’t need to force yourself to do something you don’t find comfortable.

Focus on the quality of your conversation, rather than quantity. Know that you will be valued for the ideas, rather than the amount of vocal interactions you have.

If big gathering makes you nervous, narrow down your interaction to people who are important for you (people who are responsible for your advancement). This way you can have quality conversation with the concerned authorities.

Equip Yourself

If active participation is not your forte, hone other skills. Learn new skills related to your field, in order to strengthen your portfolio.

You can even take help from a consultancy firm. Consultancies like DFRI provide customized solutions for individuals. All you have to do is sign up and start learning.

Plan Ahead

If you think communication is a weak point for you, plan ahead for important meetings and presentation. If you get confused or flustered while presenting, take a break to collect your thoughts; then continue.

Its best if you carry a list of agenda. This way you won’t skip the important points, and will have something to refer back to.

Comfort Zone

You can’t escape public gathering and conversation; try to meet challenges head on. Take self-help classes to make your communication skills better. Push yourself out of the comfort zone in order to succeed at your job.

The worst thing that would happen to your idea is rejection. Learn from it and move on, don’t let small setbacks keep you down.

Lisa Scholfield

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