How An Introvert Can Act Like An Extrovert To Get Ahead
Fake it 'til you make it.
Being an introvert in a workplace surrounded by extroverts can be daunting. Introverts often find it difficult to stand out and even miss out on promotions simply because they don't promote themselves.
Whether you find yourself constantly cut off in the boardroom or struggling to get noticed by your boss, there's one simple solution to getting ahead at work:
Act like an extrovert.
Just pretending to be more extroverted and putting yourself out there can make all the difference for introverts. Here's how to do it:
Share your thoughts.
Don't be afraid to say what you're thinking. Your boss and coworkers can't read your mind. Help them understand how your wheels are turning
Don't sit in the shadows and let your coworkers carry the conversation. If someone talks over you, you might have to (politely) interrupt them right back.
Show more emotions.
Give more external cues when talking with your boss. Smile more, be animated when you're talking, and carry yourself with confidence.
Show your face.
Socializing in the workplace is important. Networking is key to getting ahead in any field, so making an appearance when you'd rather be at home with your nose in a book is pivotal.
Become an expert.
You can't argue with experience. Become an invaluable asset to your boss by helping him / her fulfill needs in the workplace more effectively. You'll be on your way to a promotion in no time.