HOW TO SUCCEED AT WORK WITHOUT SHOUTING THE LOUDEST.
How to succeed at work without shouting the loudest.
As an introvert and someone who is known for being quiet, it can be hard to make sure you’re heard in the workplace. Especially if you’re working alongside confident outgoing people. It might sometimes feel as though not being noticeably vocal about your ideas and achievements could be holding you back. However, there are ways to succeed without having to shout the loudest and competing with those who do.
Use your listening skills
Introverts tend to be good listeners so use this to your advantage and make sure you put this skill to good use. Listen to what others have to say, from small talk with colleagues to things that will help you in your day to day role. Take it all in as you’ll be able to use this later. This could help you network within the workplace, taking the time to talk to new people one on one whilst you’re in the kitchen. Or it could be learning some new skills to help you develop personally within your career. Being a good listener never goes unnoticed.
Write down your ideas
Attending meetings or brainstorms can be a daunting experience, especially if you don’t like to speak up in front of a room full of people. Taking the time to write down what you’d like to contribute before you go in can help you to deliver what you need to say with confidence as you won’t panic trying to remember. Make sure your writing is clear and concise, so you’re not just reading off the page. People often notice if you’ve come prepared and are more likely to ask if you have anything to add, which can be a great way to include you in the meeting.
Talk to the right people
When it comes to internal meetings such as brainstorms, you might find that you’re not confident enough to share your ideas with the team. If this is the case then it can be a good idea to grab the person who’s leading the session, to run ideas or things you’d like to raise, one on one. This could be through email, with a quick list, or even just grabbing a coffee to mention that you’ve got some things you’d love to discuss. This way you’ll know that the right people notice that you’re willing to share and have ideas to contribute.
Share your knowledge
If you’re passionate and knowledgeable in your field, it’s worth sharing this with other people within your team or department. This could be taking the time to train or advise younger members or even sharing industry updates with the wider team, through email or internal communication platforms, such as slack. When other people in the business see you sharing your skills and knowledge with others, they see you going the extra mile and can see your passion for doing more. If you’re feeling a little more confident, then why not try running a small training session or lunch and learn with a few team members. This way you can practise your presentation skills in front of people you trust and can get some valuable feedback on how to improve.