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Self-marketing for introverts
Our world values the loud self-promoters. But you can also convince quietly. We show examples of how introversion can be understood as a strength and transformed into a unique selling point. Even for introverts in a world of extroverts there are ways and means to assert themselves on the career ladder!
From Turid Müller
Focused on the inner world: Strengths can only fully develop if we accept who we are
1. The world wants us loud - doesn't it?
“It is understandable that many introverts hide from themselves. We live in a value system that is shaped by the 'ideal of extraversion' (...), the omnipresent belief that ideal people are alpha animals and feel comfortable in the limelight. "
Our world is made for extroverts: In the meantime, self-marketing is one of the soft skills in every profession and already in school and study, which should not be missing in the quiver of success. In assessment centers and job interviews, those who make a name stand out. And when it comes to networking and public relations, it takes some offensive to become visible. So it is no wonder that often those who make the most bohei get ahead, while the quiet stay behind.
But whether we allow those who are less capable but scream louder to pass us by is up to us: Even for introverts in a world of extroverts there are ways and means to assert themselves on the career ladder.
2. Intraversion and extraversion: what does that even mean?
"Introverted, extroverted? They are all vertebrate. "
The terms come from the pen of the psychoanalyst C.G. Young. In the personality model Big Five, extraversion and introversion represent the two poles of one of the five personality factors described. Extroverts find it easy to seek contact and be open to the environment, while introverts are more oriented towards the inner world (Dorsch - Psychological Dictionary).
Extroverts need more external stimuli than introverts. While an introvert tends to need a retreat after a day's work in order not to become overwhelmed and exhausted, an extrovert tends to long for stimulating contacts and activities (Cain, 2013). The concept, which has long been used in science, has only recently gained increasing public importance through work such as the one presented here. High time!
3. Misunderstood qualities
"Introversion - together with its attributes of sensitivity, seriousness and shyness - is now considered a second-class personality trait (...)."
Introversion is often equated with shyness. Although there is a certain overlap, one should not confuse shyness and introversion. Not all introverts are automatically shy. And some are only because they have been shamed for being introverted since childhood (Cain, 2013). As a result, many introverts do not find it easy to accept one another. They may even try to appear extroverted. But our own strengths can only fully develop if we accept who we are. This is the only way we can recognize our strengths as such.
4. Introversion as strength
"Still waters run deep"
Introversion is not a flaw, but a quality - a quality that is often underestimated. Many famous personalities were and are introverts - e.g. Albert Einstein and many well-known artists. Without introverts, the world would probably be poorer in numerous artistic and scientific achievements. The special gifts of the quiet have a lot to give to society and represent an essential balance to the current trend.
But how can an introvert manage to get to a position from where something can be achieved when the application process seems to be tailored to extroverts?
Reading can help. In addition to Susan Cain's classic "Still", there is helpful literature, such as "Quiet convince" by Natalie Schnack. In the following I have summarized some of the tips that can be found in the two plants for professional life.
5. Susan Cain's tips
“The secret of life is to put yourself in the right light. For some this is the spotlight on Broadway or a sun-drenched beach, for others a desk lit by a lamp. "
Susan Cain, herself an introvert, reckons in her book with the prevailing extraversion mania and deals with research results, career choices and lifestyle, among other things. She recommends that all introverts who need to give a lecture concentrate on preparation.
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