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Online Visibility Tips for Introverted Entrepreneurs

Online Visibility Tips for Introverted Entrepreneurs
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If you’re a heart-centred entrepreneur, you probably got into business to help change people’s lives, share your unique message and make the world a better place by doing the work that you do. In order to do those things though, people need to know who you are and how you can help them. You have to put yourself out there and be visible so that the people you’re here to help can find you. That however, is easier said than done if you’re an introvert.

If you’re an introvert, the thought of being visible and networking can be overwhelming and stressful, even if your business is primarily online and takes place behind your laptop.

Here are 3 ways introverts can overcome overwhelm and increase their online visibility:

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1. Find out where your people are

You don’t need to be visible and active on all the social media platforms, but you do need to be in front of your ideal clients. Finding out where your audience likes to hang out online and then targeting your content to those specific places (ideally 2 or 3 platforms) will help alleviate the anxiety of trying to be everywhere all the time.

If you’re not sure which social media sites they’re on, the easiest way is to ask them. A quick survey will save you a lot of time and you’ll know exactly where to share your content so you can reach your people.

2. Focus on your strengths and create content that feels good for you

Just because everyone else is making videos and starting a Youtube channel, doesn’t mean that you have to. If the thought of being on camera makes you cringe but you love writing, focus on engaging with your audience through blog posts, ebooks, and guest articles.

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With every piece of content you create and share, your energy gets shared with it. That means if you dread creating something or you’re doing it because you think you have to, people will pick up on it (and be turned off). They’ll also be able to sense your passion and excitement through content that you loved creating and be more drawn to you because they’ll be able to feel your positive energy behind it.

3. Keep your focus on them instead of you

If the thought of getting out there and being consistently visible makes you feel overwhelmed or self-conscious, shift your energy from yourself to the clients who need to hear your message. When we get wrapped up in our own feelings and put all of our focus on ourselves, it’s easy to forget that we got into business to serve others.

Take a few minutes and think back to why you started your business and who you’re here to help in a way that only you can. What do they need to hear from you, and how can you best serve them today?

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If you’re an introvert it can be tough to be “out there” marketing yourself and your business in an online space that seems to get more crowded and noisy everyday. Once you find platforms that you enjoy being visible on, and find out how you best deliver your content, it becomes easier and you build momentum.

It’s building momentum and staying consistent with being visible that will make a world of difference. After a while, posting regularly on social media and communicating with your audience will be second nature and won’t be so overwhelming.

The important thing to keep in mind if you do find yourself overwhelmed and wanting to hide, is to remember your clients. Both your current and potential clients want to hear from you. They need your help and are seeking what only you can give them, but you need to be visible in order for them to find you.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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