Aroma of Introversion – Do You Smell?

Interesting “Smelly Facts” from www.everythingsmells.com:

  • Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins?
  • Women are born better smellers than men and remain better smellers over life?
  • Smell function falls off dramatically in men after their mid-50s, a decade earlier than women?

I was hosting a networking meeting for introverts today.  During the meet and mingle, when I asked an IT executive why he was there, his reply, “I am curious to see what introverts look like”.  My cheeky reply to him, “Well, it may surprise you, but they look like just like you and me.”

This question was raised to me, “Do introverts stand out from the rest of the crowd – at the workplace, networking events, conferences, or parties?”  I have heard different kinds of responses.

Some introverts do not need to be recognised.  Others are unhappy when they are not.

We know that some introverts work hard but do not expect others to notice.  They are happy doing their best and that is good enough for them.  On the other hand, there are introverts who complain that they are not given due recognition for their contributions at work or in projects.

Regardless of whether one is introverted or not, the question remains, “will recognition at the workplace be helpful for one’s career or not?  If the answer is “Yes”, it is reasonable to say that the introvert should ensure that his good work is noticed.

“I like the rain; it brings your fragrance everywhere and the nature smells your aroma.”
― M.F. Moonzajer

According to freelance journalist Kristina Cowan, “If you’re an introvert looking to gain ground in your career, you may be sitting on a gold mine.  According to Cowan, Beth Buelow, Founder of The Introvert Entrepreneur offers several steps introverts can take to highlight their talents and move their careers forward:

  • Get comfortable discussing your accomplishments and strengths.  Offer stories and examples of how you contributed to a past success.  Share the spotlight with your colleagues, your project or process, and the company, to keep it from feeling self-oriented.
  • Recognize strengths you can cultivate and use to promote yourself.  Listening, focus, making one-on-one connections, introspection and establishing safety all lead to increased transparency and communication.
  • Focus on your listening skills.  If you’re more of an introvert, you’re likely to be a good listener, one of the most valuable traits of a leader.  Introverts absorb information and consider it from all angles before taking action.

I am of the opinion that introverts can be more “vocal” if they choose to.  It’s the manner by which they air their views, display their creativity, or share their ideas.  If the introvert prefers to be quiet, he or she can communicate in writing.  You do not have to be loud to be noticed.

If you are introverted, embrace your introversion.  Spread your fragrance.

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