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10 Simple Tips to Help You Understand and Get Along With Introverts in Your Workplace

10 Simple Tips to Help You Understand and Get Along With Introverts in Your Workplace

The introvert label is highly misunderstood. In an article published by Forbes, Author Susan Cain sums up the word perfectly by describing introverts as “men of contemplation” – a distinct difference from the usual assumption that they’re shy, unconfident and quiet. Fundamentally, while the introvert enjoys the company of others, they are equally comfortable alone. By trying to understand the needs of your introvert workforce, you’ll not only feel more comfortable in their presence, but will really help their creativity flourish.

Here are a few tips and facts about introverts to help you understand them better.

1. They think before they talk

Introverts thoroughly process information before they speak their mind. If you’re running a business meeting, it’s always worth circling back after you’ve given them a little time to mull things over.

2. They are good listeners

Introverts are often perceived as ignorant in the workplace as they’re rarely forerunners in the conversation. But, you can be damn sure that they’ll be listening in the background and waiting for the opportune moment to express their thoughts.

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    3. They enjoy their own company

    Of course, as a boss you’ll no doubt favor employees who work well in a team. According to Peter Vogt of Career Advice Monster – a self-confessed introvert – isolation is when an introvert thrives, so consider taking a step back and leaving them to their own devices when possible.

    4. They are often methodological

    Most introverts are highly methodological people who have excellent analytical skills. When you need someone patient and focused to undertake mundane tasks that extroverts despise, they’ll not only enjoy the process more, but will do a better job.

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      5. They work better when it’s quiet

      Introverts perform better in quiet spaces, which is one of the reasons why they often choose solitary professions such as writing, accounting and programming. If you have a predominantly introvert workforce, try making your office a calmer environment.

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        6. They usually make better salespeople

        While extroverts often lead a business due to their dominant demeanor, introverts make better salespeople as they’re more inclined to listen to a client or a lead’s expectations and opinions.

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          7. They work well with extroverts

          Researcher Brian Little states that “when an introvert and extrovert engage in conversation, the introvert will take on the role of the interviewer.” This can actually be a more effective way of communication among employees with regards to team-related activities.

          8. They are better at job interviews

          Extroverts often go into interviews and meetings full of adrenaline and pumped to make a good impression; however, this often causes them to lose focus. Introverts on the other hand will listen, absorb, and then speak, giving them more time to consider their answers.

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            9. They are more engaged with their work

            Trying to get employees motivated about working is not an easy task. Employee engagement agency Berghind Joseph states that commitment will only come when an employee feels respected and that their work has purpose. Introverts are already naturally more engaged with their work. So take some time each day to say some good things to your introvert workers and they’ll no doubt feel an even deeper sense of pride.

            10. They can become an extrovert

            Contrary to popular belief, introverts can actually be very engaging in a public speaking situation. Although it won’t come as naturally to them and they will often “burn out” quicker, using an introvert to deliver a short keynote speech can be highly effective. Just remember to cut them some slack afterwards, as they’ll almost certainly need a little time to regenerate.

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              As the old saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover.” An introvert workforce can be a blessing in disguise; you just need to learn how to engage with them.

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

              How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

              Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. Only about 33% of people consistently work toward their goals. In some cases, their goals may seem too lofty to accomplish, or else they aren’t sure how to make a plan for them.

              If you don’t come up with concrete steps to take toward your goals, they’ll remain dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, but being able to turn your dreams into goals you can realize will help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

              Luckily, you can realize almost any dream when you harness the right goal-setting methods.

              In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve goals and get closer you success.

              1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps

              We couldn’t talk about goal-setting without mentioning SMART goals.

              SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.

              Specific and measurable steps are so important because if we don’t know what our target it, how can we ever hit it?

              Take all those beautiful dreams you have for yourself and make them into things you can actually do. If you want to be an entrepreneur, for example, a step toward realizing your dream might be researching what you’ll need to start your business.

              Find out more tips about utilizing SMART goals here:

              How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

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              2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life

              It’s so easy to become complacent or stagnate. We often think that our careers are the only places where we need to set goals, but we aren’t only what we do.

              To make the most of your life, take the approach that you’re always learning and growing in everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well after all.

              Set goals whether you’re sponsoring an activity for your child, taking up guitar lessons or trying to prove your worth at work.

              You’ll notice that this approach forces you to constantly develop new skills. It can also be fulfilling to put more focus and value into all areas of your life— not just the ones related to our careers.

              3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion

              Take the opportunity to do some soul-searching. What is it that you want to do with this precious life of yours?

              Anything that conflicts with your life’s purpose is bound to cause discontent. Staying in a bad relationship, doing a job that goes against your values, or maintaining the status quo just because it’s comfortable are not options for you.

              Thinking about your goals in this way can help you eliminate things in your life that don’t serve you. This frees up mental space that you can use to do the things you care about the most.

              Many of us struggle to find the time to work on our goals, but this strategy enables you to make more time.

              4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action

              If you can’t be fired up about your goals from the start, they might not be good goals for you.

              The road to success is often tough. You’re going to have times when you might feel tired or discouraged.

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              You need to feel inspired enough that you’ll be able to overcome obstacles as you encounter them.

              If what you’re doing motivates you to be the greatest version of yourself, you’ll be much more resilient.

              5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail

              This is your road map for what success will look like. The more you define what you want the finished product to be, the greater the chance that you’ll reach that vision.

              When you write down your goals, you’re creating a document that you can revisit to make sure you’re on track.

              When you’re in the middle of trying to achieve a big goal, it can be hard to see what’s working for you. The things you write in this step will help you stay on-message as you take your goals out of your mind and into the real world.

              Don’t just write down your goals and stash them away in a folder somewhere. Take the extra step to put them somewhere where you’ll see them.[1]

              If you have too many goals to post on your desk, write a summary or choose one or two steps to work on for the day. Just seeing them will keep them in the front of your mind.

              6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception

              You wouldn’t have created the target if you didn’t think it was necessary. Hold yourself accountable for taking the steps to succeed.

              You can always adapt your strategy or break your targets into smaller steps if you find that they aren’t attainable as you originally wrote them.

              Hitting even the smallest target is cause for a celebration. It’s a step in the positive direction. Your success will make you crave more success.

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              We often make excuses when we get tired or overwhelmed. Take away the option to make excuses. You will only be satisfied with the best effort from yourself.

              7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other

              There’s something so powerful about people sharing their goals and dreams with one another. Doing so gives voice to some part of us that could remain hidden (and therefore never be accomplished).

              When other people know about your goals, they can cheer you on and hold you accountable. When people share their vision with you, you can do the same for them.

              This strategy is particularly beneficial when you’re trying to develop healthy habits. Post about your workout on social media, or do a healthy eating challenge with your best friend. You’ll be less likely to slack when temptation arises, and you’ll probably encourage someone else to reach for their goals too.

              8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines

              Many goals never reach realization simply because the goal-setter doesn’t check their progress. People tend to forget what they set out to do, or their goal gets crowded out by other obligations.

              Forcing yourself to revisit your goals at regular intervals breaks them into smaller steps and it reminds you to think about them.

              Giving yourself regular deadlines for smaller tasks related to your goals also helps you reflect on your strategy. You’ll figure out what works for you, whether your timeline is realistic, and whether or not you need additional help to stay on track.

              In addition, celebrating small wins helps you stay motivated. Here’s how:

              How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

              9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals

              Visualization is such a powerful tool. Some of the most successful athletes, celebrities and business people take time each day to think about how success looks and feels for them.[2] Imagining that feeling of satisfaction can be a great motivator.

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              When you do meet your goals, take some time to be grateful. Thank yourself for showing up and doing the work. Be grateful when the stars align properly to help you advance to the next step.

              It’s not just getting to the destination of your goals that matters. How you take the journey is important too.

              10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day

              Your goals can easily get buried in the hustle and the bustle. Even the smallest step in the right direction is still moving you forward.

              Keep chipping away at the work every day and before long, you’ll start to see those dreams come to life.

              Maybe you didn’t start your business today but you designed the logo that’s going to go on your website and business cards. Doing that task well is going to help you so much in the long run.

              Concrete actions day by day draw your dreams out of obscurity and into the realm of possibility.

              The Bottom Line

              Dreams can inspire and overwhelm us. By turning our dreams into goals that we can work toward, we increase our chances of success. Things that once seemed impossible are suddenly within reach.

              It’s time to start turning your dreams into goals and your goals into realities. Change begins today.

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