The following post is my response to a writing prompt presented by Cassie Paton as part of her Introverts Unite campaign. I love her energy around getting the word out about dispelling the myths and misconceptions of introversion. She also let me use her cool badge pictured on the left.
I'm totally up for the challenge. I hope you are too. Ready? Here's the prompt:
Just because I'm an introvert doesn't mean...
I'm not an introvert
Some people told me that they would not have guessed that I was an introvert.
As a former HR Manager, I had to lead meetings, give presentations and unfortunately, help fire people. That was part of my job (that I hated) and I could do those things because like most introverts, I was very capable. I was most comfortable in my office with the door shut, writing out ideas on my white board.
I lack confidence
I have accomplished and overcome more than most people. I don't ever give up. There is always another choice, another way to do things and for me this is usually the non-traditional way. Plus, I'm humble. Humility is a huge asset and one that most introverts possess. I don't brag. I don't boast. I just do my thing.
I'm devoid of personality or unfriendly
Of course I have personality and am very friendly. This misconception always stings because those who truly know me, know how funny I can be. Because I am. Humor is a big part of my personality and is why people like working with me. I just need to get comfortable first.
I'm stuck up
I'm discerning. There is a huge difference. If I don't speak up right away it's because I am quietly taking everything in. Scanning the mood of a room is important for me and I have no problem taking my time to "warm up". After all, I need time to quietly judge you and those ugly shoes. :)
Now your turn. Tell me in the comments below, your response to the prompt "just because I'm introvert doesn't mean...."
Christian Marie Herron, is Story Mentor and Creative Consultant for entrepreneurs, thinkers and creatives.