Being an Introvert and what that has to do with Biz

Tuesday, Sep 18th
a message from
=KRISTINE CAREY ~ CATALYST=

Today I’m thinking about being an introvert vs. extrovert and what
impact that has on your business; read below for thoughts on that. I’m
also excited to continue working on a new pocket book about the traits
of successful business owners – more on that as I get closer to
completion.

Today I wish you the best as you get your business going for the day –
make it a good one!

Warmly,

Kris

=Are you an Introvert? And what does that have to do with your Business?=

I was talking with a client recently about her being more in the
spotlight and she mentioned how that made her uncomfortable, saying she
was shy and an introvert. That got me thinking about how often these
traits and feelings are intermixed and perceived to be the same thing,
when in fact they’re not. Let’s take a look at each one individually:

Introvert vs. Extrovert
The distinction between introverts and extroverts is how they recharge
their energy. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone or in
less stimulating environments; the less input they have the better able
they are to re-energize. Extroverts gather their energy by being with
others; the more people around, the more fueled up they get.
Percentage-wise, extroverts are 50% – 75% of the population, introverts
25% – 50%.

Socially Shy vs. Socially Outgoing
Introversion is often taken as the same thing as being shy; it’s not.
Being shy or outgoing is a trait independent of being an introvert or
extrovert. Often people assume because someone can introduce themselves
to strangers or talks a lot, they’re an extrovert. The distinction here
is being socially outgoing – the ability to be in public, meet people
easily and the like – is it’s own trait; introverts and extroverts
alike can be socially shy or outgoing. I know a couple, one of whom is
a socially outgoing introvert and the other a socially shy extrovert.
At a party, the introvert will introduce the extrovert to people, then
slip away to find a quiet conversation for herself.

What this has to do with your business
If you are socially shy or introverted you are
stereotypically less likely to engage in activities such as large
networking events, attending conferences, or other events that involve
large amounts of input or people. This means you need to find other
ways to meet new clients and get the word out about you and your work.
It also means you can release any “should” conversations about how
you’re “supposed” to promote your business by being out in the world,
shaking hands and kissing babies, and instead find a way that works for
you and your personality style.

Being true to your style is a client magnet, so make it easy on
yourself and get the word out however comes most naturally to you. Hit
reply and let me know how your introvert/extrovert, shy/outgoing-ness
shows up in your business!

=On the Calendar=
Mondays in Brisbane: Toastmasters
Thursday, October 4 in Saragoga: Doing a StrengthsFinder evaluation
for the leadership team at West Valley Community College
Tuesday, October 23 in SF: Teaching at the Small Business
Administration, Business Success on Your Own Terms

=What I’m up to=
Started reading “Willpower” by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney
Trying to fugure out how to make a good curry – do you have a recipe
you love? The ones I’ve tried are not that amazing, or maybe I’m just
doing it wrong!

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=About Kristine=
Maybe you feel like something’s out of place, but you’re not sure what,
or what to do about it? Kristine is kind of like a chiropractor for
your business – if you’re not feeling the love or producing the results
you’d like to, it’s time for an adjustment. When you’re ready for your
work life and business to rock again, hit reply on this email! Find out
more at www.kristinecarey.com.

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