At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying and find more comfort in solitude than among large crowds. They are the people who prefer to work by themselves instead of working in teams. Although label 'quiet' most of the greatest contributions have been made by introverts. For example Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Warren Buffet, and Barack Obama, just to name a few.
The definition of an introvert is someone who prefers calm, minimally stimulating environments; a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. They tend to feel drained after socializing and regain their energy by spending time alone. Spending time alone, gives them the opportunity to self-reflect, which is something they love to do.
Researchers have found people who are introverts tend to have a smaller group of friends. In comparison to extroverts who generally have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, introverts choose their friends much more carefully, making their friendships very intense. They prefer quality over quantity. Introverts prefer to interact on a one-on-one basis rather than in a large group setting.
People often describe introverts as quiet and may even find it difficult to get to know them. They seem so reserved, mellow and sometimes mistaken as shy. While some introverts are shy, this should not be mistaken for being timid. People with this personality choose their words carefully and try not to waste time and energy on needless conversations. Some tend to be extremely awkward in small talk, but when engaged in a certain topic one on one, you will see them light up with interest. One quality introverts possess is being extremely observant. You may think they're sitting there being quiet, but in all actuality, they are soaking in their environment. They tend to notice many small things others don't notice. They notice face expressions and body language a lot. This contributes to them having great interpersonal skills.
How do I know so much about introverts? Because I am in the one-third of introverts many of us know. People often mistake being an introvert as a negative thing because people feel introverts are too shy to lead others or stand out. This is further from the truth. In fact, being an introvert can work in your favor. There are beautiful natural skills that introverts bring to the table as friends, co-workers, and even Life Coaches. Please allow me to share six reasons I feel being an introvert make for a great Life Coach.
Introverts are self-aware - We spend a lot of time internalizing our own experiences and exploring things underneath the surface. thus making us inward-turning. This causes us to have great knowledge of ourselves, our motivations and our feelings. This can assist us in supporting and helping our clients bring that knowledge out in themselves as well.
Introverts are great listeners - We are the ones you can call up when you are upset or when you are excited about something and we will listen without turning it around and making it about ourselves. We are naturally adept to active listening, which causes others to become comfortable with being vulnerable with us. This is especially important as a coach because its through speaking and reflecting that our clients find the answers. When we actively listen, we allow clients the space to go within and figure out that which they are seeking.
Introverts have the ability to hold calm and quiet space - Introverts can definitely hold calm and quiet space for themselves. However, we have a natural way of holding space for others. We can walk alongside someone in their journey without being judgmental, making them feel inadequate or without trying to fix someone. We understand we are all on a journey to self-discovery and mastery, and we understand people need the time, space and grace to grow. We are very open in offering unconditional support when it comes to our clients.
Introverts are great with one-on-ones - Introverts are not people who don't like to be around other people. Let's get the record straight. This is so far from the truth. In fact, the only reason we love one on ones is because we don't have to spread our energy among so many people all at once which can cause us to feel drained and tap out. Not spreading our energy allows for us to engage in very meaningful conversations. This is so important when we work with our clients. because it allows us to cover and bring up some deep and powerful revelations during one on ones with clients.
Introverts don't like to waste time on small talk- We dread small talk. We prefer conversations with substance. Our coaching sessions are far from small talk. Introverts as coaches like to get straight to the point and get things done.
Introverts have a rich inner life- This is one of my favorite qualities because it supports our clients with big visions. As introverts we are typically known for our rich inner lives and we are known to dream and visualize some of the most beautiful things. As coaches we know how important it is to support and stretch our client to visualize their goals. This allows us to be able to guide our clients into their own inner world to see all the possibilities. Which in turn inspires them to achieve anything they see for themselves. This is a great asset to have not just as a life coach but as any type of coach.
There are so many advantages of being an introvert not only as a coach but in general. This very trait is actually one of the most powerful qualities you can have.
I love working with introverts or anyone who wants to discover persoanl power to step boldly into their divinity; if you want to get more out of your life, and you are looking for concrete action steps to get you there, let's connect and discover ways you can bridge the gap of where you are now to where you want to go. Set up a free Clarity session today. Take the first step here.