This may be the answer I’ve been looking for now for years.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re socially awkward.
It doesn’t mean you don’t like people.
It doesn’t mean you always want to be alone.
I started SMARTY partly out of social resistance – a desire to make a few authentic connections over participating in “networking” events and collecting hundreds of handshakes, cards, names and pitches. So many of YOU have shared that this has been your struggle in that “get out there and meet people” aspect of your business, too. You don’t want to meet “people.” You want to meet a FEW great people, who know a few other amazing people, and keep it real along the way. Business cards? Eh, maybe. If it comes up. Guess what?!?!? This is a sure sign of being an introvert. You don’t get invigorated by meeting tons of people, being in big groups, going from one conversation to the next – none of which were that substantive to begin with.
I think it’s ironic that an introvert started a networking and storytelling business! See if you can find yourself in this list. You may be a speaker, author, facilitator, consultant — and you may do all of it with the grace and panache of a butterfly. But sometimes we don’t realize that even those in the spotlight or leadership positions still struggle with the social aspect of our ventures. Read this..It will help.
Here’s to being alone together–or together alone–or together and not feeling alone!