Uncover Your Secret Strengths
With at least half of the population being introverts, either you are an introvert, or you’ll interact with someone who is. No matter what, others won’t be quite like us in how we think, feel, or communicate. And that’s a good thing!
This topic has been a game changer for me in leaning into my grant writing career. That’s why I’m excited to finally have the chance to talk about it with today’s guest. The better we understand ourselves and how we work, relate, and rest effectively, the more we can build much more impactful and influential relationships with those around us.
Great strengths come from both introverts and extroverts. To maximize those, it’s helpful to understand the unique needs. Each style is most effective when we can draw out those special attributes.
Since we don’t always recognize when an ability is considered a gift, these conversations are important. That’s why I invited David Hall on the show! He’s full of insights and practical advice for leaning into our strengths.
David Hall, host of the podcast The Quiet and the Strong, Especially for Introverts, explores the world through the eyes of a fellow introvert. He discusses his journey to figuring out that he is an introvert and understanding introversion. By embracing these gifts and understanding them, we can learn to be good in our own skin.
Introverts are drawn into our world of ideas and imagination, more so than an extrovert. We spend time internally, reflecting and focusing on what’s going on around us. It’s also turning inward, looking within ourselves, being deep thinkers and deep feelers.
As it turns out, that skill comes in pretty handy when you’re preparing a grant application, thinking through how to present data, or outlining a compelling case for your request. We often need to think deeply and problem solve in order to come up with creative solutions in our work.
Dispelling 3 Common Introvert Myths
- MYTH #1: Introversion equals shyness. TRUTH: Shyness stems from a lack of confidence. If you don’t understand your introversion, this can cause shyness. Shyness can also occur in extroverts as well. You can be a very confident introvert, but most likely you will always be an introvert.
- MYTH #2: Introverts don’t like people. TRUTH: We want to connect in a deep and meaningful way, and not necessarily by making endless small talk. We do better in one-on-one or small group conversations. Big networking events with hundreds of people may be very draining and not very effective.
- MYTH #3: Introverts are loners. TRUTH: We do need time by ourselves, but we likely don’t want to be alone all the time. We need time to recharge and think.
David shares that by understanding what you need and that it’s normal, whether that be breaks or alone time, it can help you gain confidence and take more meaningful action.
How Do We Lean Into Our Introverted Strengths?
Continue to evaluate your strategy for how you work. Reflect on these 4 questions:
- What strengthened me this week?
- And how can I do more of that?
- What drained me?
- How can I use my strengths in the work that I do?
Anyone can be shy, including extroverts. Overcoming shyness means not just getting out of your comfort zone, but changing and stretching your comfort zone. Fear has a way of infiltrating and affecting our persona. However, by naming the fear up front and pinpointing what’s causing it, we can better address it and move forward.
Tips for Introverts to Remember:
- Give yourself some grace. At the end of the day, we might have some awkwardness, but that’s okay.
- It’s okay to give ourselves space.
- We can have a mix of downtime and interactive time.
- It’s important to recognize what we need and to have that break from others. We may need to tell the other person, “I need space,” letting them know we’ll be better for them if we have that time away.
- Boundaries are important, but we also need to give ourselves permission to set those boundaries.
David discusses his book Minding Your Time in building a time management strategy and understanding what we need to be successful and productive. For an introvert, time management will be different than an extrovert. We can adjust how we manage alone time, the way we prepare for things, or generate ideas.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How can you better lean into your natural strengths?
If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!
Meet David Hall
David Hall, M.Ed., is the creator of QuietandStrong.com. He is an author, blogger, podcaster and speaker on a mission to help introverts discover their strengths and honor their needs.
David has also spent 20+ years working in higher education, and has given many workshops, trainings, and presentations on personality, strengths, and introversion/extroversion. His book, Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts, helps readers understand themselves and their introversion to be more successful in managing their time and productivity.
Listen to the full episode for a fascinating conversation about the needs, strengths, and thoughts of introverts. “We do come with natural gifts and abilities, and sometimes it’s so natural…we don’t recognize what a gift it is.”
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- David Hall’s book, Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts
- Clifton Strengthsfinder
- Myers-Briggs Test
- Love and Work by Marcus Buckingham
- Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe
- Episode 95: 5 Tips to Improve Your Grant Writing Clarity
- Episode 96: Strategy Call: Gaining Clarity for a Nonprofit’s Next Steps
- Episode 97: Master of One: The Role of Excellence in Our Work
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