When we hear the word “entrepreneur” we tend to think of someone who is outgoing, confident, and a strong networker who is able to work the room. But today I want to speak for the introverted entrepreneurs – the innovators and managers who may or may not have some of those same qualities.
You see, if you were to ask me to come to a party or event full of people I don’t know I would probably decline. It takes me time to process new information and being in an environment so far out of my comfort zone just makes me want to shut down.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to meet new people. In order for the connection to be effective, I just have to do it on my own terms.
Introverted people typically don’t like to be interrupted – so taking an unexpected phone call feels like an intrusion – and we really need our alone time in order to process our thoughts and experiences.
I’m sure you know someone like this. They want to plan everything ahead of time and, while they may be up for socializing one weekend, they make excuses to stay home the next.
Just because they are not a stereotypical extrovert doesn’t mean they aren’t an amazing entrepreneur. Chances are, they’re wildly creative and great at planning things out . . . because they think everything through – soup to nuts – before they are really comfortable with an idea.
So think about the introverts you know and find out how you can connect with, partner with, or support them but make sure they fill you in on how they like to operate.
Chances are, it will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.