Welcome back to another career article on It’s True Blog. I’ve seen a lot for positive reactions towards career themed articles so so I’m planning on creating more content around that! Today I want to talk about How To be More Extroverted At Work As An Introvert.
So ever since I started working at the age of approximately 17/18 years old, I’ve always worked in environments where I had to interact with customers face to face and where group work was highly important. Through college, I worked in retail where the two things that I just mentioned were tings I had to continuously deal with. You also needed to be good at it and love it to be able to bear with the job for a longterm period. I’ve never been the extroverted person in the room. I’m very observant and like to keep to myself. But when I do feel comfortable around you I talk… and I mean you have to shut me up hahaha. But overall I would describe myself more as an introvert than an extrovert but I’ve learned the skills of being an extrovert when it’s ”needed”. This might sound like I’m putting up an act whenever I am more extroverted but I’m not. What I’m trying to say here is that over the years I’ve learned to at times step of my comfort zone – which is being an extrovert and feel confident to socialize or interact with the people around you.
In my workplace, it’s very very much an extroverted work environment. We frequently have team events, we have lunch together and we love to fool around and crack jokes together. As an introvert, at times being in an environment like that can become draining. I’ve learned to become more extrovert at my workplace so that I get to know my colleagues better and vice versa and enjoy the social events organized by the company. But how can become more extroverted at work as an introvert?
1. Don’t skip team buildings/events
I remember years ago, I would always think about what excuse I would come up with to skip team buildings and events. Because I knew I would have to force myself to interact with my colleagues. To be exposed to situations where no one would have anything to say to each other would freak me out. But what I’ve learned is, at times you miss out on the opportunity to get to know your colleagues outside of work. Most of the time people are a bit or even a lot different when they are outside of work. Team buildings/events help to break the ice so that you get to know each other better.
2. Join/invite your colleagues for lunch
As an introvert we love and appreciate the time that we have to ourselves. I know all about it hahah. That one hour break, we love to just zone out before we head back to work. But at times, it’s good fun to invite your colleagues to lunch. Or if they invite you to join them, don’t pass down the invitation. Joining them for that one hour lunch break will give you a glimpse of what they are up to in their lives, what they are planning to do and so. This is also a perfect time to share your story too. So whenever you’re at work you will have some things to talk with your colleagues. You don’t have to always do this of course but certainly be open for it. I mean, after all those people are the ones you see at least 40 hours p/week (if you’re a full-timer), so put in your effort to get to know them :).
3. Initiate A Small talk
Be open for starting a small talk with your colleagues around you. Walk up to them when you see they’re having a bit of free time. Ask them about their weekend or whether they have plans after work. This also shows that despite you being an introvert you are also open for a nice chat. This makes you more approachable.
That’s it for today guys. I hope this was handy. So first tell me whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert and how does that work for you at your job?