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Thriving In Meetings As An Introvert
It’s a fact of work life that many common situations are better suited to extroverts than introverts, none more so than meetings. Introverts tend to be better at one-to-one conversations and can struggle in group settings where extroverted colleagues dominate conversations and can leave little room for quieter people to have their say.
If you’re an introvert, this can leave you feeling frustrating and also potentially suffering when it comes to career progression, because meetings are an important opportunity to be seen to be full of ideas and suggestions. So how can you overcome your introverted tendencies and get your ideas heard in meetings?
On Stride Financial has come up with this infographic with tips for how introverts can thrive in meetings instead of shrinking away. One of the most important techniques is to plan and research ahead of the meeting to ensure that you are prepared and ready to feel confident to speak up. Introverts are generally very good at researching, so utilise your strengths to overcome your weaknesses.
That’s the key to succeeding in meetings as an introvert – knowing how to overcome the things that might hold you back by focusing on what you can bring. So try out some of these techniques and you may well surprise your colleagues and yourself in your next big meeting.
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