Only Extroverts Can Make It Big
As an introvert, I love a lot of things about myself. I love that I enjoy writing over public speaking. I like that I prefer my own company over others. I don’t want to get energy from others. Furthermore, I don’t wish that I was different. However, I do find myself falling into the belief trap that only extroverts can make it “big” in the online world.
Comfort with Connections
It is easier for an extrovert to connect with others as they are generally comfortable with video and speaking. And what resonates the best with people who don’t know you personally? Getting to know you through a visual or auditory connection. By using video and putting themselves out there, an extrovert can quickly build a loyal following – bonus points if the person is charismatic and charming.
Public Speaking Nightmares
So, what is my history with public speaking? Here’s a little breakdown. I was too shy to talk to new people when I was little. As a result, my face would turn beet red. Sadly, this phenomenon didn’t go away. During my formative years, it didn’t matter if I was nervous, anxious, scared, or excited, my face would betray me. What was worse? When the feelings I had were a “1” on a 1-10 scale, my face would still respond.
Now, why would I want to put myself out there when everyone knew exactly how I felt? You guessed it, I didn’t want to. Consequently, I didn’t.
Moving forward to college, I had to take a public speaking class for my degree. That did not exactly go well either. I was so mortified by speaking in public, I had to write everything down on the index cards we could use and ended up reading them word for word. Let’s just say public speaking was my lowest grade during my bachelor’s degree.
Over the years, I’ve found it easier to speak in public, but I am still not comfortable on video. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever do it, but as a rule, I try to avoid it.
Determination and Persistence
Even though my introversion puts me at a disadvantage over my extroverted counterparts, my determination and persistence make up for it. I love connecting with other women. I enjoy creating and sharing content. Additionally, I’m energized by making a difference in someone else’s life.
Granted, it will take me longer than a natural extrovert to make a connection with another person, but when I do develop that relationship, you can expect my continued support.
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