Tips to help you embrace your inner extrovert
We all have tendencies for being both introverts and extroverts. However, although there are many upsides for being an introvert, becoming more of an extrovert can help you become more successful in your personal life and at the workplace as well.
So how can you become less introverted easily and naturally? Here are some tips to help you get there. (Some of these tips are tried and tested!)
Become a more extroverted introvert:
Treasure your turf
In order for you to slowly get out of your comfort zone, start with your own surroundings. Whenever you have an event, try to choose the places you are most comfortable in such as your house, your favorite restaurant or your go-to lounge. This will help you better associate with people and motivate you to participate in conversations.
Work on non-verbal cues
Non-verbal cues are very powerful. So work on smiling more often to encourage people to approach you. Moreover, since people associate smiling with happiness, use your smile to pave the way for fruitful and long-term personal and work relationships.
Practice makes perfect! Furthermore, the more you get out of your comfort zone and do things against your nature, the more you’ll get comfortable doing them. So force yourself to start conversations whenever possible. This will come in handy in networking situations and social gatherings as well.
Have some down time
Introverts often like their alone time. So make it a point to have this time to recharge especially before major events and gatherings. This will allow you to shut off your brain completely before having to face the crowds!
Learn to say yes
Force yourself into new situations by challenging yourself to say yes to invitations. The more you are open to meeting new people, the more you can network and grow your business.
Give yourself an out
Committing to long events might be intimidating to an introvert. This is why it’s a good idea to always give yourself an out on a personal level and at the workplace as well. For example: If you are invited to a party, commit to going and staying for an hour tops. You might actually enjoy it and stay longer but if you don’t, you can simply leave.
Avoid depending on liquid courage
Although alcohol is the go-to friend in uncomfortable situations, avoid making it your first resort. However, if you really feel that you need it in stressful situations, go for one or two drinks max.
Don’t hug the walls
You can easily spot an introvert when you see them at a party or a networking event. They are usually too close to the wall it almost seems like they are hugging it. Ask me, been there, done that! However, for people to approach you and engage in conversations, you need to stand in the middle of the room. Moreover, when you talk to someone face them directly and establish eye contact.
Learn active listening
Some of the most amazing people out there are those who really listen. So take the time to listen, ask questions, and show interest in what people are saying. This can be a great asset in helping you close sales.
Brush up on current events
Being up-to-date on current events is a great way to get the conversation started. Make it a point to regularly use Google or social media to be more involved in what’s going on around you and have something interesting to say. Moreover, before heading to an event, look up facts, jokes and stories you can use as ice breakers.
Lay off the phone
The phone can be your greatest enemy when you are trying to become more extroverted. Why? Because it acts as a security blanket in situations that are uncomfortable. So whenever possible, just leave your phone at home or in your car.
Finally, remember this: it might be hard to shift your stripes but it’s not impossible! Just practice, practice and practice some more and you’ll get there!
Are you an introvert? What do you do to step out of your comfort zone? Share with us your tips in the comment section below.