People everywhere say that entrepreneurship has no place for introverts. The world is fast paced, yes, but introverts can be excellent leaders provided they take they shyness into stride.
Every coin has two sides and that’s exactly what being shy in the business world is like. If you are shy you are automatically a good listener because you cannot bring yourself to talk much. That is your blessing! You have inborn listening skills, which many people lack. Again, in this fast paced world, people barely have the time or patience to listen. They just want to do the talking and exit, not bothering about what the other person has to say. Introverts are different. They are quiet and do not mind listening. They are also good observers. Also, as a result of not talking much, shy people do not over promise or exaggerate or share too much. All these qualities can make you a much better leader than an extrovert.
Therefore, it is time to stop beating yourself because you are shy and considering it your weakness or disability. Use it to your advantage and cultivate methods that don’t require you to do the talking even during meetings and pitching.
Here are tips for you:
We know how daunting public speaking can be for you. However, avoiding it will not help your business. At some point or the other you have to be the speaker. If you can’t do it, though, you can make your presentation do the talking. Create an elaborate but interesting presentation that reduces your need to talk.
Prepare and Plan
Be prepared to pitch yourself as and when required, even in uncalled for circumstances. This is important because you never know whom you might meet. He may be a potential investor or client, and you surely do not want to miss an opportunity due to your shyness. Be prepared, thus. Revise your pitch everyday so that you are confident in delivering it when the need arises.
Get Tech Savvy
If meeting clients is very difficult for you because of your shyness you can use technology to conduct meetings. Meet them over Google Hangout or Skype and you will be highly relaxed. The meeting will go very well because you will be in your comfort zone and you won’t fiddle too much.
If you can’t do the talking, hire someone who will. In other words, be very careful while hiring your sales team. Put together a team that is confident and can come to your rescue when needed.
Along with finding alternatives, it is advisable that you find ways to slowly overcome your shyness. Attend more events and make an attempt to talk to one person at least. That will be more than enough to help you come out of your shell.
Being shy is not a bad thing even in this extrovert-dominated world. You have the power of listening, which can help you grow your business exponentially. However, it is important to be able to speak, which you can do with little practice and preparation.