If you prefer your latest novel and a cup of cocoa to a party on a Friday night, I feel you. If you’d rather die than work as a team, I don’t think that’s crazy. And if the idea of cold calling leaves you cold, well, that’s actually probably most of us.
Introverts have a hard time getting out there into the world. It’s a big scary place full of rejection, failure and embarrassment just waiting to happen. To you! At any time! In a multitude of unpleasant ways! Even extroverts have a hard time sticking their necks out and asking for help or favors they might not receive, for page views that might not be forthcoming, or for honest opinions that might be too brutal.
Unfortunately, few of us have the types of passions that can be easily accomplished at home, alone, in our living rooms with nothing but some peaceful Enya to accompany the process. Sure, that can be part of it, but at some point we have to put ourselves out there.
Therefore I was stoked when I came across this post by Grant Cardone, 9 Proven Sales Tips for Introverts. It isn’t only for salespeople, people. In it he includes such standbys as
* Do one thing every day that scares you
* Be passionate, and
* Get comfortable with public speaking
But he also offers true insights, such as
* Observe the differences in people [so you know why rejection happens]
* Say hello to everyone you pass, and
* Be so persistent you get criticized for it.
Wait, we’re saying. You want me to open myself to criticism on purpose? You want me to get rejected so many times I can draw comparisons?
Well, we aren’t all salespeople, so luckily most of us don’t have 30 ready-made opportunities a day for people to say no. However, many of us — most? — could benefit from putting ourselves out there more, taking a risk, shooting for the stars. I know I could. So what if it triples, quadruples, quintuples the number of people who say no to us? It will probably have similar effects on those who say yes.