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Introverted consultant here... Sometimes I wonder wtf I'm doing with this job. Anyone else get that feeling?

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Social skills and "being personable" is a skill just like others. Some people are naturally outgoing (extroverts) and others require practice and more energy to make it work (introverts). Practice, like any other skill, requires you to push your boundaries, be uncomfortable, fall on your face and learn from it. Just remember... being outgoing isn't necessarily "being personable or likable"... listen to what other people say and really think about it. You might even find out something interesting.

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I am an introvert as well, and a few years back, before consulting, before sales, I knew I needed to figure this thing out so I started working in a restaurant and assumed a perspective of interpersonal communication that approaches it like a puzzle to be solved. Now I can speak in front of 10 people or 200 people and it's just business as usual. Just don't think of it like talking to people. Think of it like a Rubik's Cube

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🙋‍♂️ being made to network is just brutal

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💁🏻When I like someone I'm able to make an effort. When I don't, my introversion goes into high gear and I withdraw from everyone.

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I've become an introvert b/c of this job. Never experienced anxiety before. Smh

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My biggest struggle as an introvert isn't the small talk/networking, it's speaking up during meetings. I need a few more minutes to process and think and I don't like to speak off the cuff. Some people perceive it as I don't have anything to contribute. No one seems to mind when the extrovert speaks up regardless of what's said.

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🍹 helps

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The secret to a good conversation, make the other person talk - it's painful to be in that situation when you'd rather be home or out alone, eating in peace or enjoying the company of a few close friends - but, if you get them to talk and pose the right questions you'll become a great conversationalist with a decent network - and you'll need that to advance up

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P2 anxiety and introversion are different

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Um, I know that, EY1. My point was experiencing anxiety played a role in me becoming an introvert and withdrawing from my former outgoing personality.

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I hate the networking myself. Very much an introvert. This networking makes me feel like a prostitute.

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I pick a couple people on each project to connect with, and just try to remember the names of everyone else. It's the best I can do

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I love getting to know people but I HATE NETWORKING and I'm awful at feigning interest. I feel ya

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It is increasingly difficult if you are from another country (I am Indian) and all people talk about is Chicago cubs and New York giants at the dinner table!

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I feel that way too

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Thank you D5. Exactly the same thing. Everyone thinks you're not really adding value if you're not speaking up and the client then tends to not value you either

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Trying to break out of it

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I was an introvert to one time. after many years of consulting, now you cannot shut me up.

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It's nice to see I'm not alone on this one. At first I thought it was me who was introverted but then realized that some people just have massive egos. Just accept that and let them vent. Don't let it get to you.

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Every day

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Introverted 2nd year consultant that doesn't drink here....feel that way 100% of the time. Just trying to work on stepping out of my box a little at a time before I switch to industry.

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