You see, there was a time when I hid behind my computer (a very old and very slow Amstrad if I remember correctly - of the floppy disk variety!). I didn't pick up the phone because that meant talking to people. I didn't go to networking meetings because that meant walking into a room full of people who knew each other. I didn't cold call because that meant the probability of rejection. In fact, if I was starting today I'd probably be hiding with my smart phone, giving the appearance I was busy when I was just checking out cat pictures on Instagram!
As an introvert in business it all felt so scary. And then bam! Overnight I became a success and I became an extrovert ... er sorry, no, that's not how it went. I wish I could tell you it was as easy as that, but it wasn't.
What happened was I gave myself a talking to - shaking in my boots (I changed out of my slippers as I realised running a business from home, still sitting in my PJs and slippers was not helping my cause) I called up as many people as I could and offered my services. One person took me up on it. And I joined a networking group - hated the first few meetings, but I soon settled in. I got out from behind my computer and excuses and I forced myself to connect with people.
That's the only thing to do when you're an introvert in business. Unless, of course, you're happy to fail, to do nothing, to blame being an introvert. Because that is all that is going on. Being an introvert is not an illness - there's nothing wrong with you because you're an introvert. You have power in being who you are, you have power in your reflecting nature, in your observation of what is going on around you. You have power in being you.
My plea to you, then, as an introvert in business, is to celebrate who you are, and take one step at a time to get over your introvert excuses. Take yourself seriously as a business person, and then guess what .... others will take you seriously too.
Are you ready? Are you taking that step even if you're shaking in your boots? Good. Because the business world is ready for you from the moment you are ready for the business world!