How to promote yourself even if you're introverted
It can be hard to promote yourself if you're introverted. You may feel like it's not in your nature or that you're just not good at it. You may even feel awkward and ashamed to plug yourself (hey, imposter syndrome is all too real!)
But guess what? You can absolutely promote yourself, even if you're introverted! It may not come naturally to you at first.
The fact is, promoting yourself is a necessary skill in today's world, whether you're an introvert or not.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to promote yourself, even if you're introverted.
I'm sharing a few tips to get started.
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Ways to promote yourself as an introvert
Before I get started, I want to let you in on a little secret: everyone gets nervous when they promote themselves.
It doesn't matter if you're an introvert or an extrovert. We all have a little bit of imposter syndrome. We all feel like we're not quite good enough or that we're not worthy of attention.
The key is to push through that feeling and do it anyway.
Here are some tips:
Create a strong personal brand
Start by creating a strong personal brand. Make sure your social media profiles and website reflect who you are and what you stand for.
It's all about marketing yourself in the best light possible.
You want to be known for something specific. It could be your industry expertise, your personal style, or your unapologetic attitude.
Whatever it is, make sure your personal brand is strong and clear.
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Be active on social media (it requires less face-to-face interaction)
Be active on social media. Share your work, connect with other professionals, and participate in online discussions.
The good news is that it's easier to communicate on social media when you're introverted. It means less face-to-face interaction, which can be daunting for some introverts.
But don't use social media as an excuse to hide away. Make sure you're still putting yourself out there and engaging with others.
And don't forget to promote your work! Share your blog posts, articles, and any other content you create.
Network online and offline
One of the best ways to promote yourself is to network, both online and offline. Attend industry events and meetups, and reach out to people you want to know better.
Trust me, I know how hard it can be to meet new people. But my advice is to choose smaller events where you'll feel more comfortable.
And when you're networking, don't be afraid to promote yourself. Talk about your work and what you do!
If you talk about work, you can skip all the small talk. And that's a win for introverts!
I try to concentrate all of my efforts on strategies that call for the least amount of direct, in-person connection because doing so is taxing. I try to make it as easy as possible on myself.
That’s why I prefer low-interaction marketing tactics, such as webinars, email marketing, and guest blogging. These are all excellent ways to reach a wide audience without having to put yourself out there too much.
And don't forget about content marketing! Creating high-quality content is a great way to promote yourself and your work.
Public speaking can be an introvert's worst nightmare. I've instead made an effort to limit my interactions to those that need less face-to-face time, such as email (hello there! ), quick pre-recorded videos, and guest posting.
It's crucial to figure out how to make the most of your energy when you need to deal with people one-on-one.
For instance, you can create new services to help entrepreneurs and content creators grow through story-driven content or use the good old cold email strategy to locate the first potential customers.
There are countless ways to market yourself and your business; introverts, in particular, must be careful not to fall into the trap of going with the flow. Play to your strengths; try something else if it doesn't feel right to you, or you feel like you're always swimming against the current.
You'll fare much better if you find methods that you enjoy doing and can stick with.
Reserve focus time
Reserve some time each day to focus, recharge, and gather your thoughts. This is crucial for introverts who need time alone to think and recharge.
I like to use noise-canceling headphones to focus when working.
I like to start my day with some quiet time to myself. I'll meditate, journal, or just sit and think. This helps me clear my head and get ready for the day ahead.
If you work in an office, find a quiet spot where you can go to focus. Take breaks throughout the day to step away from your desk and take a walk, or just sit and think.
This can help you deal with the feeling of overwhelm that can come from being around people all day.
It's important to find time for yourself, even if it's just a few minutes here and there!
Practice is key
I'm awful at describing who I am or what I do on the spot. However, practicing your pitch or chat in advance does assist.
Sometimes, before a sales call with a potential client, I'll write down all the questions I want to ask and the topics I want to cover to make sure I don't forget anything.
You can even write out a whole presentation that you can memorize or at least use as a reference. That way, you don't have to worry about forgetting what you want to say when you're in the moment.
It won't necessarily make it more comfortable, but it will make it a lot easier.
Remember that marketing yourself is a process, and you'll get better with time. The most important thing is to start somewhere!
As an introvert, you may come off as a person who lacks confidence, but that couldn't be further from the truth. You just need to find the right strategies that work for you and your business.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution to marketing, especially when you're introverted. It's important to find what works for you and what you're comfortable with.
Start small and build up from there. Remember that you don't have to do everything at once, and you don't have to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Find a few strategies that work for you and stick with them. As long as you minimize your interactions and focus on quality over quantity, you'll be just fine.