The career advantages of being an introvert-The quieter way to get ahead!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Last week we had a terrific event with our friends at HigherBracket. In our Q&A time with Trish Barbato, we had the “I” question. “I hear lots about networking and self-promotion, but I am an introvert.” This week’s podcast is with business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz author of Self-Promotion for Introverts – The quiet guide to getting ahead. I invited her on our Webinar series to share the myths and realities of what it means to be an introvert in today’s professional environment.

If you are in introvert you are in good company. Introverts make up around 25% of the population. Some famous introverts include, Barbara Walters, Warren Buffet & Pierre Trudeau. Carl Jung defined introverts as “inward turning” and extroverts as “outward turning.” Introverts are more energized alone, extroverts are energized by people. The classic myth is introverts are not as good with people, as extroverts are. We are all social beings, introverts can in many ways be better with people, they tend to be better listeners, more creative and more analytical. There are many advantages to being “inward turning” I would argue that it has never been a better time to be an introvert. With the rise of social media tools like, blogging. Linkedin, twitter and Facebook,  great platforms for the person who is more introverted by nature. Social media is an “introverts” paradise.

Is it better to be an extrovert or an introvert? The answer would be yes, both have strengths and weaknesses. The powerful question is how do you manage your natural style and leverage your strengths. Don’t use your style as an excuse…it won’t help you.

 

In what way has being introverted or extroverted helped your career? Join the conversation and share your thoughts on my blog.

 

Canadian Career Development Webinar: How to create your own luck. Have you ever heard friends or colleagues talk about “creating your own luck?” Do you think it’s possible to make your own opportunities? How would you do this? Join me as I interview Janice Taylor Co-founder of Just Be Friends. Janice will share her story of making her own luck: making a pitch and being chosen to be a part of Oprah’s ultimate audience and travel with Oprah on her 12-Day Australian adventure. Weds Jan 19, 12-1 P.M. ET. Click to register.

 

FREE Webinar: Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage opportunity in your career. Join me Friday Jan 21, 12-1 P.M. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! Take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click to register.

 

Looking for have a more enjoyable career in 2011? Who’s your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself, get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step in 2011 and book a getting started session with me.

 

The happy introvert, along the road with you!

 

Alan

 

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