How to Become a Better Networker by Changing Your Thoughts

Are you an introvert wanting to take your networking skills to the next level?

Changing your thoughts can make all the difference in your networking success. In this episode of the I Speak People Show, author Michal Stawicki explains why the ways you think about yourself, other people, and networking make an enormous difference in your ability to network. Over the course of the interview, we discuss…

  • Personal Development – especially as it pertains to the way you think about yourself
  • Common problems introverts face when they network
  • Solutions to those problems
  • The importance of generosity and consistency in networking
  • A slew of powerful books

Thoughts are powerful. Learn how changing the way you think about yourself and other people can improve your ability to connect with network.

7 Reasons Every Introvert Needs a Blog

How to Have a Voice in a Noisy World

One of my introvert friends has been blogging for a while, and only I just found out. When I read his work for the first time, it gave me goosebumps. He has the gift, and I’d wager you do too.

As an introvert, you are especially well equipped to write. In The Introvert Advantage, Martin Olsen Laney, Psy.D. explains that the pathway from an introvert’s brain to her mouth is longer than the same pathway in an extrovert. Extroverts are wired to talk, while introverts are born to reflect, and reflection is essential to good writing.

Jennifer Kahnweiler, in her book Quiet Influence, also underscores the fact that introverts are writers. She says writing gives introverts time to get their thoughts together and present them exactly how they want to. It incorporates research too, which is another introvert strength. Introverts excel at finding and incorporating ideas that make their work both interesting and compelling.

Check out these seven reasons YOU need a blog – even if you don’t think you do.

Some of the best bloggers are introverts: Blogging gives them a voice in this noisy world. Check out 7 reasons every introvert needs a blog.

4 Proven Ways to Boost Your Energy

What would you do with more energy?

As an introvert, you need to be especially careful with how you spend your energy. In this episode of the I Speak People Show, you’ll learn four proven ways you can boost your energy as an introvert. 

To help you apply what you learn today, make sure you grab a copy of the Boost Your Energy for Introverts Checklist.

Want to know how to boost your energy if you're an introvert?! Check out this post to learn 4 proven ways any quiet person can increase her energy.

4 Proven Ways to Boost Your Energy for Introverts

My fellow introvert, is there actually a way for YOU to boost your energy?

YES!!!

If you ever…

  • Drag yourself inside the door after work…
  • Put up with lightheadedness after spending too much time in a loud or noisy environment…
  • Lock yourself away in your room for a couple hours (or days or weeks) just to resuscitate…
  • Wish you had more time to yourself to think without interruption…

And if you know what it’s like to feel…

  • Burned out…
  • Fried…
  • Depleted…
  • Spent…
  • Exhausted…

Then, you know the struggle of having to guard your energy. It’s one EVERY introvert faces. Being introverted means you need time to yourself to recharge. 

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Understand that important principle and YOU CAN boost your energy! You just need to make some very doable adjustments to get your lifestyle working with your energy.

Consider four simple – yet profound – ways to boost your energy!

Want to Boost Your Energy?! Download the free checklist: Boost Your Energy for Introverts!

Want to know how to boost your energy if you're an introvert?! Check out this post to learn 4 proven ways any quiet person can increase her energy.

What Goes on in the World of the Introvert Mastermind?

An Interview with INTJs

What’s it like to be an INTJ and how can you know if you or someone you know is one?

In this show, you’ll hear about…

  • How INTJs manage energy
  • How INTJs approach organization
  • What INTJs think about
  • How INTJs handle major decisions
  • INTJ strengths
  • And more…

Want to figure out your personality type for free?! Download this free resource!

What's it like to be an INTJ and how can you know if you or someone you know is one? Check out this show for the answers and to better understand INTJs.

How to Take Action Now When You’re Trapped in Thought

Practical Steps for Moving Steadily Toward Your Dreams

Have you ever had a great idea or dream but lacked the courage to take action?

Langston Hughes understood what most people wrestle with when he wrote Dream Deferred.

Most introverts struggle to turn their ideas into reality. When it comes to generating ideas, they are powerhouses, but enacting their plans is a different story. Action is not their forte. They overthink and allow fear of failure to paralyze them.

This fact really isn’t a surprise considering introverts are wired for thought. They focus their energies inwardly on their own or others’ ideas, memories, or experiences, unlike extroverts who focus on the outside world. In short, introverts prefer thinking, while extroverts prefer to take action.

The good news is that you CAN turn your ideas and dreams into reality, even if you’re an introvert. You just have to be strategic about how you go about it. If you’ve ever longed to do or accomplish something but couldn’t muster the courage, get ready for some practical strategies that’ll help you start to take action today.

Have you ever had a great idea or dream but lacked the courage to take action? Discover four practical strategies for moving steadily toward your dreams.

How to Find a Job You Love as an Introvert [Download]

A Gallup poll from 2013 revealed that 50 percent of working Americans are disengaged with their work, while another 20 percent are actively disengaged. Worse yet, job dissatisfaction is probably killing people. Dan Miller observes that more people die of heart attacks on Monday morning than any other time of the week. Could it be that victims are coming off of an enjoyable weekend, dreading going back to a job they hate?

When you get down to it, a job gives each of us a sense of dignity. Most people find purpose and worth in the work they do. When people can’t work – or they get stuck doing work that’s not a good fit for them – they get depressed or worse.

In December of 2010, Tunisian police confiscated Mohamed Bouazizi’s produce cart and scales because he didn’t have a vending permit. Bouazizi then went to the governor’s office to complain, but no one would see him. He felt desperate and helpless with no way to feed his family, so to protest, he doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire.

Work is important; there’s no way around it. Everyone wants to do significant work. Furthermore, the average person will spend more time with coworkers at work over the course of her life than she will with her family. It’s important, then, that each of us finds the right job.

So where is the best work for you to do? How can you find a job you love as an introvert?

How do you find a job you love as an introvert? What steps should you follow and what questions should ask? To discover proven strategies, start here.

How to Stay in Touch with Friends as an Introvert

(Show Notes)

How do you stay in touch with friends as an introvert?

As an introvert, you probably prefer staying home to going out and love alone time. After all, it’s hard to beat peace and quiet: Every introvert needs both to recharge.

There’s just one problem with being alone all the time. You can’t do it AND have friends. Friendships, like all relationships, take time and energy.

And all introverts do need friends. So there’s a tension to be managed here.

We need to stay sufficiently connected while ensuring we have adequate downtime.

So how do you do that? In today’s show, I share my simple 5-part system. (If you want to read the post version of the podcast, CLICK HERE.)
Want to stay in touch with friends as an introvert? I've developed a simple system that can help you do a better job keeping up. Check it out!

Why People Underestimate Introverts and What to Do About It

How to Help People See What You Have to Contribute as an Introvert

Why do people underestimate me, and what can I do about it?

Have you asked that question? If you’re a quiet, thoughtful introvert, chances are good you have. It’s easy to get frustrated when people assume you don’t have much to offer just because they can’t physically observe your gifts.

Getting better acquainted with the cause of the problem will help you work toward a solution.

Why do people underestimate me as an introvert? If you've ever asked that question, you're not alone. Read this post to find out what you can do about it.

Why People Underestimate Introverts and What to Do About It (Show Notes)

Have you ever felt overlooked, undervalued, or underestimated because you’re an introvert?

If you can say “Yes!”, you’re not alone: Almost all introverts have felt that way at some time or another.

So what causes people to misjudge introverts and to devalue their gifts? It comes down to three reasons, which I share in this episode.

After explaining the cause, I offer five suggestions for what you can do about it and ways you can succeed, even when people misjudge you at the start.

Have you ever felt overlooked or underestimated because you're an introvert? Find out why people misjudge introverts and what you can do about it!