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Activate your Introvert
14 minutes | 2 days ago
Being more human
It's nearly happy birthday, this is anniversary episode 2, where I revisit one of our most popular guests from the year. In this week’s show……… Getting the quiet members of your team to speak up Introvert myth of the week: Introverts don't make good leaders An interview with Clare Haynes. Clare is a coach who puts the human back into being at work and is an expert at helping people resolve difficult conversations at work. Her website is wildfireatwork.co.uk Leadership tip of the week A common request from leaders is how to get the quieter team members to speak up more in meetings. The answer, line them up! https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/ Introvert myth of the week Introverts don't make good leaders! In the week where it's the 35th birthday of Windows 1, that seems a good time to tackle this persistent myth.
15 minutes | 9 days ago
Happy Birthday, part 1
It's nearly happy birthday, so this is anniversary episode 1. In this week’s show……… A tip to get more from your wfh team Introvert myth of the week: Introversion can be cured, just speak up And an interview with graphic designer Angie Phillips Angie Phillips is a multiple award winning graphic design consultant. The interview I did with her about networking was one of the most popular in the year, so I thought I’d invite her back for a few minutes to help celebrate the show’s birthday Leadership tip of the week Working from home, office working and hybrid working are all big changes to the way we’re used to working. How does that switch affect your team? How do you use the greatest control mechanism you have a manager – the meeting? Here's a simple tip, taken from a childhood love of watching Ice Skating! https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/ Introvert myth of the week Introverts can fix themselves and become extroverts. They just have to speak up!
15 minutes | 23 days ago
Mission, vision, leadership and introverts.
In this week’s show……… Penny for the Guy Mister Better remote meetings And an interview with Gina Gardiner Gina is well known for her leadership expertise and illuminates the Way for enlightened leaders to create a more profitable & meaningful mission. Her website is https://genuinely-you.co Leadership tip of the week Many of us now have to run, or be involved in more virtual meetings than ever before. There’s an assumption that introverts prefer them, as there’s less people contact. Simple fact is that most people, including introverts find them tiring and often more tiring that face to face. In most face to face meetings people will look around the room every now and again – it’s not frowned upon. But on camera there seems to be an expectation of more concentration. One simple tip to help – have more breaks and get people to get up and move. The introverts will find it useful, but everybody else too. Other things that help are being much tighter on the agenda (keep it more relevant to the people in the zoom and stick to it). You could also try getting a different person to summarise the discussion on each subject, so every 10-15 minutes there’s a short summary For more ideas go to https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/improve-remote-team-meetings/ Introvert myth of the week Penny for the guy mister…. One myth I’d like to confine to the bonfire today is that it’s easy to tell an introvert from an extrovert. More and more people wear masks (figuratively, not the covid, or even Guy Fawkes ones). If the rewards for success go to more extrovert behaviours, then it’s no surprise that many introverts will wear a mask to hide in plain sight. Read more at https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/spotting-an-introvert-hiding-in-plain-sight/
15 minutes | a month ago
Storytelling and influencing skills for introverts
This episode explores Communication and influence for introverts Does Introversion mean you’re no good at public speaking What have the drag queens of the undersea world got to do with running your meetings This week's interviewee is Andrew Palmer. Andrew helps clients shape & present their messages and tell their stories with confidence, authenticity & gravitas. Which is something many introverts struggle with. Andrew's website is thegravitasmatrix.com Leadership tip of the week How many times have you held a meeting with your team and thought “I wish those 2 would say more” and at the same time wondering why that other two never shut up? Now you can find out what the drag queens of the undersea world have to do with running better meetings. For more on running meetings that make things happen, click here. Introvert myth of the week Introverts are plagued by public speaking anxiety and don’t make good speakers, it's wrong! Once you've listened, you can get more ideas to help at "Myth introverts don't like public speaking
14 minutes | a month ago
Networking tips from Will Kintish
This week's interviewee is Will Kintish, a UK leading authority in Business Networking Skills training. Will shows people how to become effective online networkers and when we resume face to face networking he'll be helping with face-to-face networking skills again. Will's website is Kintish.co.uk Leadership tip of the week You’ve probably noticed how most introverts aren’t big on self-promotion as they prefer their work to speak for them, you’ll be helping yourself and them if your recognise that. That doesn’t mean praising them more, although praise never hurts, but your praise is external validation. Most introverts prefer internal validation. So, help them to validate themselves by helping them realise what makes a good job (in terms of some specifics) and help them see what they’re doing well at that level. Now they know you value them as your comments are at a level of detail they appreciate rather than a simple “that’s good” AND they’re better equipped for future internal validation, which helps their confidence and your productivity. Introvert myth of the week Introverts can't sell - Not only is this WRONG, it's dangerous as some introverts start acting as if it's true. Hear why I think it's wrong as I put this myth into the bin. For more selling tips listen to the interview with Ben Kench, author of Selling for Dummies.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
An introvert entrepreneur
This week's interviewee is Fredrick Kyomya, founder of the Creativity School and author of The Creative Thinker. We’re talking about being an entrepreneur as an introvert with the added issues of being younger than many entrepreneurs – we’ll see how that affected Fredricks journey. Connect with Fredrick on LinkedIn Leadership tip of the week I was recently asked "does it take longer to manage introverts?". My answer was NO as a good manager manages different people differently, not just focusing on introverts. The longer version of my answer was published on LinkedIn, and I also talk about running meetings that make things happen here. Introvert myth of the week Extroverts are better networkers than introverts. I might not throw this one straight into the bin, but only before we agree on defining better. You can get more ideas about networking for introverts at NinjaNetworking.co.uk
13 minutes | 2 months ago
Virtual business networking, introverts and extroverts
Business networking has been radically changed by the last few months. Groups have either stopped, or now meet virtually. Does this change how you network? Does this suit introverts more than extroverts, and how should you change your networking now? Angie Phillips is a graphic design consultant, prolific networker, chairs one networking group and is involved in several others. Angie's website is https://ANGcreativedesign.co.uk Leadership tip of the week You probably have to run some of (or all of) your team meetings online now. Simple tip - build in more breaks than you would for face to face. More about running meetings that make things happen here. Introvert myth of the week "Introverts are snooty or antisocial", before chucking this one in the bin I look at where it might come from.
14 minutes | 2 months ago
Can finding your purpose help introverts?
Does it make a difference if you have a purpose? Bunny Young was a stunt woman, then became a businesswoman and Business Therapist. Bunny helps business owners to discover their purpose and how to prevent burnout in SMEs. Also coming up –introverts don’t have charisma, and don’t facilitate your own meetings. Bunny's website is https://abetterplaceconsulting.com/ Leadership tip of the week Don't run your own meetings, it will help your team (especially the introverted team members) engage more if you get team members to run them instead. More about running meetings that make things happen here. Introvert myth of the week "Introverts aren’t charismatic", before chucking this one in the bin we look at what charisma really is and whether introverts have any.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Impostor syndrome and introversion
Impostor syndrome is something many people struggle with and many introverts talk about it. BUT - it is not just an introvert problem. In today’s episode we are exploring impostor syndrome with researcher and impostor syndrome expert Lindsey Sharratt. Lindsey's website is https://www.agamegroup.com/ Leadership tip of the week How can you help your team members increase their self confidence? This can apply to introverts and extroverts in your team, although many people seem to apply it to introverts more readily. There's three steps discussed in this episode. More about helping others be more confident here. Introvert myth of the week "Introverts can't run meetings", as they're too quiet! Guess what I think of that one!
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Introverts and company culture
Company culture gets blamed for all manner for things from incredible success to company failure – is that realistic? Fixing company culture often seems to be the leadership nirvana. In today’s episode we are exploring company culture, how it affects introverts and how introverts can affect culture. When you want to understand about company culture, go to the best - I am really pleased to be interviewing Benjamin Drury – the Culture Guy. Leadership tip of the week How can you help your team members increase their self confidence? This can apply to introverts and extroverts in your team, although many people seem to apply it to introverts more readily. There's three steps discussed in this episode. More about helping others be more confident here. Introvert myth of the week "Introverts don’t listen in meetings", as "proof" I was told that they don't interact as much as others in the meeting.
13 minutes | 3 months ago
PRIZE winning leadership and introversion
How does good leadership interface with the introvert/ extrovert issues? This week’s episode discusses leadership with author and leadership expert Roger Fairhead. Roger helps difference makers make a difference. Watch out for my favourite quotes from the discussion "you can manage things, but you need to lead people" and "you can't get people to change their behaviour, by getting them to change their behaviour" Leadership tip of the week After such a good conversation you may not need another leadership tip! So I'll focus on something important when you're running meetings and leading your team - active listening and the 3 D's of Active listening My new book, available on Amazon will help you improve the meetings you run.: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/ Introvert myth of the week Introverts are quiet, what really? Let's explore the truth of this one, think about where it might come from and then chuck it in the bin!
14 minutes | 3 months ago
The introvert label - good, or bad?
Have you ever suffered self doubt? What labels do you apply to yourself and how do they serve you? Introvert is, at one level, only a label. In this week’s episode I’m really pleased to be interviewing Claire Sewell. Claire helps turn self doubt into sales by helping female business owners overcome self doubt, learn to sell with certainty, win more clients and build their business and income more boldly. Claire and I have had several discussions on leadership, introversion/ extroversion, self-doubt and labels. More precisely whether labeling people is positive, or negative. You can contact Claire on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-sewell-sales-and-mindset-coach/ Leadership tip of the week Do you see beyond the labels you apply to people in your team? The attributes you attach to the label you apply, do not define your team.. Introvert myth of the week Introverts can't be good public speakers as all good speakers are extroverts. Have you heard that one too? I've heard it several times, and it's going into the bin. My new book, available on Amazon will help you improve the meetings you run.: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/
14 minutes | 3 months ago
How can you get more wild?
How does an introvert survive and thrive in the deeply extroverted world of brand marketing and how can getting more wild help your business prospects? I am delighted to be interviewing Mark Sears. Mark used to be the head of Group Brand Strategy at Virgin Group. Mark now helps organisations and change makers evolve and adapt and runs a company that I love the name of it’s called Rewilding. His website is https://marksears.co.uk/ And watch out for my favourite part from Mark - "how do we create a change that’s bigger than ourselves". Leadership tip of the week In your team meetings, get a different team member to facilitate each one. Introvert myth of the week Introverts aren't loud enough to run meetings; well where has that one come from? I've heard it several times, and it's going into the bin. My new book, available on Amazon will help you improve the meetings you run.: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Introversion and diversity
In this week's show I interview diversity and inclusion expert Patience Ogunbuna, to discuss her views on introversion and diversity. You can contact Patience at https://patienceogunbona.com/ Leadership tip of the week Respect your introverts, don't try to convert them to extroverts. Introvert myth of the week Introverts don't like talking - errrr, they do!!! But you'll have to listen to my logic to find out more. My new book, available on Amazon: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/
16 minutes | 4 months ago
Facilitating meetings and introverts
This week’s show is about the skills of a facilitator and tips on how to be heard in meetings as an introvert, as well as how to run your own meetings more effectively. I’m talking to Helen Jewell, who is a professional facilitator. She’s also on the leadership team at the International Association of Facilitators for the UK. This week's Leadership tip This week's leadership tip of the week – zip it. All is revealed in the episode! This week's Introvert Myth of the week. "Introverts don't like team building" - can you guess what I think of THAT! My new book, available on Amazon: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/
14 minutes | 4 months ago
"Best place to work" - any good for introverts?
In this week’s show we are talking about how good leadership helps the whole team, including introverts. The HOTH are a digital marketing based in Tampa Bay Florida. they were voted Tampa Bay's Best Workplace 2020, so I thought that would be a good place to start talking about introversion. Do great workplaces treat introverts differently? This week’s interview is with George Papadeas the C.O.O. at The HOTH. This week's Introvert Myth of the week. "Introverts don't know how to relax and have fun.." - that one is going straight into the bin! You can contact George at - https://thehoth.com/ My new book, available on Amazon: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Recruitment and Introversion
Many business leaders and recruiters don't see 40% of their prospects because they, unthinkingly, exclude introverts. If you seek staff, you'll want to hear this. There are also tips for introverts looking to be recruited. Kiera Tsenti is a writer & business owner who spent most of her career as a recruiter. She now runs her own business Hire Write Talent. This week's Introvert Myth of the week. "Introverts are not team players and don’t like being part of a team." - can you guess what I think of THAT! Kiera's website - https://hirewritetalent.com/ My new book, available on Amazon: https://introvertinbusiness.co.uk/running-meetings-that-make-things-happen/
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Introversion, from the view of a psychological coach
This week's episode of Activate Your Introvert contains an interview with psychological coach Navjeet Grewal. We discuss her perspective on Introversion and some of the links between confidence and introversion. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re not confident, but sometimes it can make one feel like that. Navjeet has tips for the introverts and for the non introverted leader. This week's Introvert Myth examines the idea that Introverts can fix themselves and become extroverts. Navjeet's website is https://www.mindreorg.com/ and of course can contact me at IntrovertInBusiness.co.uk
14 minutes | 5 months ago
How branding and storytelling can help introverts.
We all, in one way or another, have a brand. It might only be a personal brand, or that brand might merge with your company brand if you run a small company. Do you craft your brand story, or just let it happen? How might this help an introvert? This week's episode contains an interview with Sudhana Singh, author, speaker and executive coach. We are discussing the themes behind Sudhana's new book "Boss Branding: Seven Ways to Craft a Legendary Brand Story" You can contact Sudhana on her website Imbuecoaching.com and you can buy the book on Amazon by clicking here. and of course can contact me at IntrovertInBusiness.co.uk
12 minutes | 5 months ago
The Freelance Introvert
What are the skills needed for a freelancer, who is also an introvert, and what should a non-introvert do to get the most from an introverted freelancer or employee). This week's episode contains an interview with Tom Albrighton, author and copywriter and discusses his new book "The Freelance Introvert" You can contact Tom on LinkedIn, Twitter (@TomCopy) or his website ABCcopywriting.com and of course can contact me at IntrovertInBusiness.co.uk
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