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  1. Jessica
    April 26, 2018 @ 5:42 pm

    I love this! It’s so relatable. To introverts that is. I’m sure extroverts would read this thinking “oh that’s so cute” as if we were little shy children. It’s funny how much extroverts think that they are “normal” and somehow superior, but I digress. I have not been to a confrence yet. I would like to go. How did you do it with two children? I have two of my own as well. Jess @HisAndHerViews.com

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  2. Brianna
    April 26, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

    So true! With most bloggers really putting themselves out there for the world to see, I keep forgetting that it’s still an industry made up of quiet go getters. Thank you for reminding everyone of that, and for reminding others to be welcoming at conferences to everyone – super important! A great book for introverts is The Power of Quiet by Susan Cain. It’s nice to know we’re all (quietly) together in this loud world.

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    • Larry
      May 14, 2018 @ 8:52 am

      Jessica,
      I am an introvert too… most of the time. but something very important to remember is the introvert can sometimes act as an extrovert. When they do they usually have to go home and recover because it saps them of strength. That’s the real difference between introverts and extroverts; introverts are drained by interactions with large groups of people, while extroverts are energized in groups. However, the introvert came sometimes act like an extrovert too. An extrovert has no clue how to act as an introvert. It just doesn’t enter their minds that being shy is an option. So really introverts are more adaptable. At a conference just focus on speaking to 1 person at a time. That is not that bad for an introvert. If you see someone with a group around them who are all being entertained by the extrovert avoid that area, or you could even stand at the edge of the group and listen. You may pick up something really great that you can use.

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  3. The Curious Frugal
    April 26, 2018 @ 11:23 pm

    I love this! I definitely have a strong introverted side. Many years ago when I was an employee, I hated networking events. I just didn’t feel comfortable. But when I became self-employed and started my own business I found that it was different. I liked networking because I loved talking with like-minded people about our businesses. It was something that excited me more than drained me. Though after a big day of socializing, I still need to curl up on the couch in the evening with a tea and not talk to anyone for a while. 🙂

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  4. EMMANUEL
    April 27, 2018 @ 6:47 am

    Really, see networking as something that l am not good at

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  5. Dell Culver
    April 27, 2018 @ 11:01 am

    You really hit it right! “My personal version of hell” But if you did it and grew your business to the volume it now is, I feel that I can and everyone else who takes your course and reads this post. Great job.
    Thank you, Ruth.

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    • Ruth Soukup
      May 24, 2018 @ 7:47 am

      Hi Dell! I am so glad! That is why we really like to share posts like this. I know I have always been inspired by reading out others’ experiences and always hope to help inspire the same motivation I have received over the years.

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  6. Karen
    April 28, 2018 @ 11:14 pm

    Wow thanks For the info Ruth. I think this is the first time someone who even acknowledged me and saying I’m ok with these personality traits as I call them. Soooo insightful and encouraging!!! I think I might be getting stronger here in the near future esp with the acknowledgement you just shared.

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    • Ruth Soukup
      May 24, 2018 @ 7:45 am

      I am so happy to hear that Karen! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Amber
    May 8, 2018 @ 9:39 am

    I absolutely love this. I pretty much live in “do it scared” if you know what I mean! I’m afraid most of my day, and a lot of times, over silly things!
    Thanks for the reminder, Ruth that we’re not in this alone.
    Amber

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  8. Carrie Willard
    May 12, 2018 @ 9:21 pm

    I have made networking events a huge part of how I’ve built my business in the last year, and while I was horribly nervous the first couple of times, now I enjoy them! One strength I have as an introvert is this: I’m a good listener! I don’t love small talk, preferring to connect deeply with others. So I often do one on one meetups in coffee shops with women I meet at networking events. I love it!

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    • Ruth Soukup
      May 24, 2018 @ 7:42 am

      What a great idea Carrie! And I think that really reiterates an important point that networking doesn’t have to be this big scary, overwhelming thing.

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  9. Karen Forgy
    May 13, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

    Once again you have hit the nail right on the head! You gotta think all bloggers started out hiding behind a computer screen then we have to actually talk to people. I just attended my first meetup in Franklin, TN with Kristen & Gina and it was really fun. The margarita sure helped take the edge off lol! It is almost like learning to walk again. Sometimes you gotta just DO IT SCARED!

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    • Ruth Soukup
      May 24, 2018 @ 7:39 am

      Hi Karen! You are so right! I am do glad you were able to have that meet-up. There is something special about being able to meet with other bloggers face to face.

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  10. Marjorie Dawson
    May 14, 2018 @ 1:18 am

    This was an interesting post. It helped me understand introverts, because up to now I couldn’t.

    I used to be quiet and shy but realised it was not going to get me anywhere, or let me do ANYthing, so I began to put myself out there, and stop worrying about what everyone ‘might’ be saying about me. You can’t make everyone love you so you need to be the best YOU can for yourself!

    I have my fears, (approaching sponsors in the right way, writing the right content etc.,) one of them is actually hiding behind a screen and NOT meeting anyone, so I travelled half way around the world from New Zealand for the world’s premiere pet blogging conference and it was a blast!

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