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6 TIPS TO ACT LIKE AN INTROVERT

 

1.   Don't think out loud.  In meetings, don't say the first thing that comes to mind.

2.  Resist the temptation to be the first out of the gate-- especially if you think it's a really great idea.  Be careful that you don't overwhelm people with your initial enthusiasm. 

3.  Sit back and reflect.  Think things through yourself.  Ask yourself if you're moving ahead too quickly. 

Have you forgotten anything? ...or overlooked something?

4.  Let other people speak first.  Listen.  Listen some more.  Take notes.  Paraphrase what other people have said before adding your opinion.

5. Don't answer your phone immediately.  Avoid being interrupted at work to chat with someone.   Try to focus on one task at a time.

6.  Experiment being an introvert off the job;  try yoga, meditation, writing in a journal, or going for a walk alone.

Read related article: Help! My Team is Full of Introverts

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