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Playing to the Strengths of Introverts

Simon Davie
Simon Davie
Simon DavieAccelerating Personal & Career Development

Being an introvert is a blessing not a curse, there are many strengths of introversion but from school to work there is a focus on being extrovert. Let's look at the strengths that introverts have instead of trying to change them into extroverts. Learn more at the Introvert Learning Centre www.IntrovertLearningCentre.com

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The Strengths of 
Introverts 
Simon Davie 
Introvert Learning Centre 
www.IntrovertLearningCentre.com
From the day we're born, we are 
encouraged to be extrovert.
We're put on 
show and 
expected to 
perform on 
command.
At school, 
the message 
is you need 
to have 
lots of 
friends.
Ignoring that 
for some, 
having 1 or 2 
good friends 
makes them 
perfectly 
happy.
Classrooms 
favour the 
extrovert child 
who speaks first
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Playing to the Strengths of Introverts

  • 1. The Strengths of Introverts Simon Davie Introvert Learning Centre www.IntrovertLearningCentre.com
  • 2. From the day we're born, we are encouraged to be extrovert.
  • 3. We're put on show and expected to perform on command.
  • 4. At school, the message is you need to have lots of friends.
  • 5. Ignoring that for some, having 1 or 2 good friends makes them perfectly happy.
  • 6. Classrooms favour the extrovert child who speaks first
  • 7. Then, when you're older Facebook creates a tally so everyone can see how many 'friends' you have.
  • 8. We live in a world that idolises extroversion
  • 9. Extroverts are often seen as more creative than introverts, even though... ● “...there is zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. Zero.” - Susan Cain
  • 10. At work, activities like brainstorming can favour those that speak up, so many great ideas never get captured.
  • 11. In the 1920s Dale Carnegie changed the focus for Sales Success from Character to Personality
  • 12. Now we are seeing sales techniques return to a focus on TRUST ...a strength introverts develop through deep connection.
  • 13. So what are the traits of an introvert?
  • 14. Introverts GAIN energy from being on their own, and EXPEND energy by socialising with groups of people.
  • 15. An introvert will expend energy 'working a room' full of people
  • 16. Z ...but can be energised by talking with one person all night about a topic they care about.
  • 17. Introvert is not another word for shy Shyness is different: “a fear of social disapproval” - Elaine Aron.
  • 19. Leaders tend not to spend as much of their time talking to big groups...
  • 20. ...as they do leading small groups and in Exec meetings.
  • 22. Many great leaders are introverts Bill Gates Warren Buffett Mahatma Gandhi J. K. Rowling
  • 23. More Strengths of Introverts... “They're excellent listeners”
  • 24. Introverts are also strong at making thoughtful, considered decisions (instead of shooting from the hip)
  • 25. Extroverts can emit confidence through quick decision making. Introverts can be seen to be just as self-confident by making cool, calm decisions.
  • 26. Creative Strength of Introverts Without the creative genius and introvert strength of Steve Wazniak being able to work continuously for weeks, we'd probably never have had Apple.
  • 27. No-one is introvert or extrovert We're all on the introvert – extrovert spectrum somewhere
  • 28. With a strong foundation of introvert strengths, it can be useful to build some extrovert skills on top ... ...such as thinking on your feet.
  • 29. We all have to do things that don't come naturally, but it shouldn't be all of the time, not even most of the time.
  • 30. If you're an introvert that has to expend a lot of social energy in a day ... afterwards by spending some time alone. Prof. Brian Little
  • 31. For what seems like forever, training programs have been focused towards extroverted learning. Icebreaker time! Tell me a secret no-one else knows about you?
  • 32. Finally there are programs written for introverts to develop their strengths, in a way that suits their natural style.
  • 33. To learn more about strengths of introverts, or to see if you are lucky enough to be one, visit: www.IntrovertLearningCentre.com One last thing...
  • 34. You've been taught since school to focus on your weaknesses
  • 35. It's time to focus on your Strengths! Trust Empathy Listening Problem Solving Decision Making
  • 36. Being an introvert is a blessing, not a curse. Tell the others.