What Do You Do When You’re Shy at Work?

July 22, 2014

Career Advice


For an introvert, the telecommuting trend is a welcome one. Digital communication and the comforts of one’s home is about as good as it gets. But not every introvert is granted those luxuries. Working in a big corporate office can feel like a flashback to the halls of a bustling high school. There’s nowhere to hide. Especially with the trend of open workspaces that allow for little privacy.

But even in the world of cubicles and offices, there’s still the obligation to attend large meetings and show your face at after-work events as well as make an impression to the big wigs in the company. And those with the loudest voices are often the ones who are heard. So what’s an introvert to do? Especially if you’re looking to get noticed, promoted, and respected despite your anxieties? Here’s our plan of attack.

1. Keep your boss informed.
At the end of the day, your boss is the one who will make important decisions on promotions, raises, and new projects. Set up one-on-one meetings with your boss to make sure that you’re staying top of mind. Speak about your current achievements and goals for the future.

2. Take on smaller group projects.
Start with baby steps. Perhaps you can volunteer for a committee, take on a project, or mentor an intern. Sign up for something that involves only a few other people in addition to yourself. Once these coworkers see your talents, they’ll be able to speak about you positively and become a megaphone for your talents.

3. Practice speaking up.
Go into a meeting well-researched with something ready to contribute. Chime in early with your thought. If even this sounds too forward for you, practice your public speaking skills in the mirror or by joining a group like Toastmasters. Yes, it sounds horrifying to those who hate public speaking but it can also be a life changer.

 

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