How Introverts Can Become Excellent Team Players

Nearly half of the global population classify themselves as introverts, which means they are rather shy people who are sometimes uncomfortable in social situations. Being an introvert can sometimes be a challenge, as so much in this world hinges on proper communication with others. The place where this can pose the biggest problem is in the workplace. No matter what your position or where you work, you must find a way to communicate effectively so your company or business can thrive as much as possible. While there are some undeniable social barriers that come with being an introvert, it is easier than one would think to work around the problem. Here are some great solutions to become an incredible asset to your team.

Work alone now, share your ideas later

If you feel like you don’t work well in meetings where people sputter out several different ideas at once, spend some time brainstorming by yourself and mention your ideas in a situation that you feel where there is less pressure. Perhaps you can address the members of your team one person at a time, or send an email out. Introverts are known for expressing their ideas in writing better than out loud in a public setting. There should always be room for ideas in a workplace and each idea has value even if it’s not used. Be sure to share your thoughts.

Use your listening skills

Introverts tend to be good listeners, be sure to use those listening skills to expand and improve on the ideas of others. Take everything you’ve heard and use that laser-focus and make ideas blossom. Introverts have the ability to wipe their ego aside, they aren’t obsessed with personal glory, and that makes them a great asset to a team.

Avoid small talk if you have to, but not shop-talk or networking

There’s a time and place for small talk, and while extroverts may enjoy and thrive on small talk to get through the work day, introverts tend not to see the point of it. While small talk may not be terribly constructive, you should still stay actively social about the work you’re doing within your office. Someone may have the answer to the problem you don’t have, and vice versa. This goes back to the old adage that two heads are better than one and instilling active conversations about work could end up really helping your career. If it truly pains you to hear several weekend recaps, keep the subjects of conversation as professional as you can. People will see that you’re a competent employee, and it might put you in a position of growth. We also highly recommend that you attend networking events to talk shop and perhaps achieve some kind of professional gain.

Pick the conversation topic

If you feel that if you must establish a connection at some sort of personal level in order to have a productive with your fellow employees, you have the ability to steer the conversation. As we’ve established, introverts are great listeners. This probably means that you have an idea of what interests your co-workers on a personal level. If you know Patricia is thinking about getting a cat and you own 4 of them, talk to her about it. Before you know it you’ll be friendly with every cat lover in the office. Everyone has the ability to steer the conversation, take the opportunity when it suits you.

Join Toastmasters

If you truly want to attain more extroverted tendencies, there are ways to help with a crippling fear of public speaking. You can join toastmasters, which helps people overcome their fear of public speaking by immersing themselves amongst other people who struggle with the same issue, and speak publicly in front of them.

There is no shame in being an introvert. As a matter of fact, there are some valuable qualities to being an introvert. You bring unique skillsets and a different work ethic than many others. “Introverts are just like icebergs, what you see on the surface is only a small percentage of their entire selves,” said Joe McHugh, a Consultant Management Executive told Monster. There’s no need for you to change who you are completely. As you can see, there are several ways for you to adapt to the business climate and become a valuable contributor to your team.