Why your ability to step back could be your greatest strength in business

Why your ability to step back could be your greatest strength in business

Today’s post is by Meredith Tseu

Being an introvert is trendy right now. Even my chattiest neighbors are confessing their introvert tendencies. But when I talk with clients in my career coaching practice, I still hear a lot about the limitations of being an introvert.

It’s hard not to dwell on the limitations myself, and it kills my self-confidence.

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The beauty of listening over talking (and why I love being the quiet one).

The beauty of listening over talking

This post is by Kathryn Hall, Founder of The Business of Introverts

On Saturday I went for an eight mile hike with my partner Ollie and three other friends.

Armed with a picnic of crusty bread, cheese, olives and elderflower cordial to quench our thirst we set off enthusiastically to walk The Hidden Valley – a beautiful area of rolling hills, grazing sheep and poppy fields that sit quietly behind the bustling city of Brighton.

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7 ways to protect your energy as an introverted parent

7 ways to protect your ene

Today’s guest post is by Tarissa Helms of Introverted Mama

I sat on the bathroom floor with my head in my hands. Meanwhile, little fingers wiggled beneath the door and tiny voices called, “Mom, are you in there?” I adore my children. But in that moment, I was desperate for breathing space.

As introverts, our brains are hardwired to need downtime. Interacting with others expends energy while periods of solitude recharge our internal batteries and are vital to our well-being. As parents, sometimes we fail to realize the time we spend with our children can be as draining as the interactions outside our homes … often more so. If we’re not careful to manage the way we spend our energy, we find ourselves poured out with nothing left to give.

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How to survive (and enjoy!) Christmas as an introvert

Surviving Christmas an introvert

Ah, it’s that time of year again.

As the month of December draws nearer, introverts around the world are gearing themselves up for the most social time of the calendar.

There are so many aspects of Christmas that I adore. Digging out the glittery baubles, the smell of mince pies and mulled wine, having time curled up at home with the fire burning, and of course spending time with the people that I love.

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Can introverts ever have too much alone time?

Connections

Can introverts ever have too much alone time?

If you’d asked me this question a few years ago when I was still in a crazy busy full time job, I would have said no. I craved alone time with an absolute passion and would hold on desperately to every single moment of solitude that I could find.

However, these days life is a little different. Now that I work from home full time (most of which is spent on my own), I would say that yes, there is such a thing as too much alone time, even for someone as highly introverted as me.

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How to maintain your energy during busy times

Solitude Matters

Every now and again I love to put a question out to the online world so that other introverts can share their experience, knowledge and tips for how they live their lives and honour their introversion.

This month, we’re talking energy.

I’ve found that during my life both as an employee and a business owner, it’s the busiest times in my life when I’ve really needed to work hard to protect my energy and care for my need for solitude and quiet time. In this busy world that we live in where ‘to do’ lists can reach to the moon and back, I believe it’s more important than ever to really listen to your body, follow your gut instincts, find the rest that you need, and nurture your need for alone time.

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