Today I have been preparing for the big weekend ahead. We are off to Birmingham for our company’s Christmas Launch conference.
This morning I went to the hairdresser’s and then this afternoon I have been packing and making up the guest bedroom ready for my parents who are moving in to look after the family while we are away.
The weekend consists of a get together with our team on Friday evening, the actual conference on Saturday and then a dinner and dance on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon we are staying on for our monthly team key training so that we can discuss and act on any announcements made on Saturday. Its all very exciting! My husband Jaime is giving a presentation on Saturday so we are driving down tomorrow morning as he has a rehearsal in the afternoon.
Although I get very excited over these events, they are still a little out of my comfort zone. I have always felt nervous at the run up to events where I will be in the company of lots of people, and there will definitely be lots of people there this weekend. As well as being shy, I have some of the characteristics of an introvert and large groups of people can sometimes be intimidating. I have however learnt to deal with the discomfort and although it never completely goes away, it has become easier.
When you attend events like this, there are always the people who are fantastic at circulating around the room, talking to everyone. I used to wish I could be like this, and felt that there was something wrong with me because I would rather stay in my seat than mingle. I have since come to accept that it’s ok not to be an extrovert. Everyone is different and it takes introverts and extroverts being themselves to make a balanced, fun event.
I always find that as the day goes on, the excitement helps with my confidence. When you are passionate about something, you forget about your anxieties. By the time it comes to the evening dinner I am usually quite comfortable! The great thing about this particular event is that everyone is so friendly and genuinely wants to come up and say hello, which makes it a lot easier.
On the topic of introversion I wanted to share some things I came across today;
This was taken from an article by Rameez Kaleem……
“Being an entrepreneur means making sacrifices, taking risks, driving myself with no external support or motivation and working almost entirely on my own, at least for now! But perhaps for this reason entrepreneurship is more suited to introverts. We feel energized and switched-on in quieter, low-key environments. Admittedly, I do occasionally work from cafés, where I can feel the presence of people around me but still be in my own space—and I love that this is my choice now.”
So, if you are an introvert you can so be successful in your own venture.
And this quote was taken from an article by Susan Cain, author of Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
“I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing, and cozy chats to group settings. I like to think before I speak (softly). Until a few years ago, I was terrified of public speaking, and I am still amazed that such a giant fear is conquerable. During the last few years, I’ve given hundreds of talks, a fun fact that would have astonished my childhood—even my 40-year-old—self.“
She also said;
“I dream big and have audacious goals, and I see no contradiction between this and my quiet nature.”
Lastly I want to share this excellent blog post that I came across about moving out of your comfort zone;
I would really welcome your comments below!
Bye for now
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