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Black Women Elevate: 5 Ways to Own Your Introvert Advantage

If you’re an introvert like me, at some point in your career, you were probably made to feel like introversion was a bad thing. Somewhere along the way, society has gotten the mixed up message that an introverted personality is a huge roadblock for success. Well I’m here to share why nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, introverts account for more than a few highly successful people, including:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Bill Gates
  • JK Rowling
  • Warren Buffett
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Barack Obama

In other words, if you’re an introvert, you’re in excellent company – and in no manner unable to achieve greatness. In fact, if these introverts are any indication, some might say greatness is in your nature. Below are five characteristics associated with an introverted personality that can be highly advantageous in life and in your career.

1. Intensely Self-Aware

Introverts often spend quite a bit of their time alone. This time is often spent enjoying silence and solitude and turning your thoughts inward. This introspection often leads to

incredible insights about yourself that allow you to understand how you respond to others as well as how to motivate others based on your own insights and experiences.

2. Independent Thinking

Because you tend to think things through ahead of time, you are not going to dive in headfirst or follow the crowd. Peer pressure and trends are somewhat lost in you as you pursue more logical conclusions, independent of what the rest of the world, or even people within your industry, are doing. While industries that live and die by jumping in with the latest trends might suffer from independent thinkers, those that are changing the world and creating the trends desire introverts for the free-thinkers they are.

3. Thoughtful Consideration and Insights

You’re not much of a gambler and dislike making hasty decisions. For this reason, you offer insights and input that are carefully thought out, well-reasoned, and often highly regarded by others within your industry. Some may accuse introverts of over-thinking before committing to a course of action, but few will ever accuse you of carelessness or action.

4. Extremely Goal-Oriented

Introverts like to dig deep when you have specific goals in mind. You tackle new ideas and research them thoroughly and completely before moving on to the next idea on your list. You also aren’t prone to wasting time with idle chit-chat or small talk. Instead, you prefer to focus on a task until it is done. That being said, you’d much rather take care of information sharing through written communications than meetings and rarely contribute much in meetings or conversations. Because you don’t overshare, your words, when spoken, often carry greater weight.

5. Exceptional Listening Skills

Introverts may be sitting on the sidelines or standing in the corners, but you aren’t doing so idly. In fact, you’re paying close attention to the people around you and really hearing what they are and are not saying. This gives you a distinct advantage over people in every industry who simply like to make noise and hear themselves speak. It also helps you develop insights about trustworthy people to bring into your circle and have on your team.

These five characteristics of introverted personalities can be huge advantages you can use to achieve great success in your career and in life. You can also use them to talk about how you bring value to any room you walk in or any project you’re assigned to. Take these tips and use them wisely. (-;

If you enjoyed these tips, I invite you to join me for my upcoming Brand Influence Masterclass. I’ll be sharing tips to help you get powered up and positioned to win 2020.

Okay, I know I just gave you some fuel for your introverted fire but I would be remiss if I didn’t also share how your introverted ways may be sabotaging you. We’re in the last quarter of 2019 and you should have your quarterly agenda set but if not, this masterclass will help you get it in order and think about how you want to enter 2020. I’m going to share the real reasons why despite the fact that you’re smart, talented and driven to succeed, you’re still being overlooked, overworked and underpaid. 

You can get full details and register at tiny.cc/BrandMasterclass

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3 Big Reasons Women Remain Overworked,Overwhelmed & Underpaid

I’m finalizing the content and agenda for my quarterly in-person Mastermind with nine women leaders this Saturday and it got me thinking about some of the things that we consistently do to self-sabotage. In coming up with these three things, I first looked in the mirror to think about the times when I’m feeling stuck and making excuses versus when I’m thriving. Then I thought about my experience working with women at every level within the organizations I’ve worked for AS WELL AS the stories (excuses) that my clients create for themselves to justify why something isn’t working.

1. Imposter Syndrome: Feeling like you’re not good enough, experienced enough or qualified enough to be at the table and ask for what you want. Here’s the thing: If you are an ambitious leader who is driven to succeed, this feeling will never go away, because it’s a natural part of the human experience. However, the upside is that the more you walk through the door of your ‘Inner Bully’, the quieter that voice becomes and your ‘Inner Bad@ss’ will show up, lead the way and allow you to forever get out of your own way.

2. Lack of key relationships. The importance of having access and relationships with people who have been where you aspire to be and have a vested interest in your success is invaluable. Not only will they show you the way, but they also will not give you a place to hide inside of your excuses. Do not let pride and wearing a mask be more important than getting the help you need to succeed. Getting to the next level NEVER happens in your comfort zone. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable and get in relationship with a mentor who can help pave the path that leads to your next level of success.

3. Being a Lone Ranger: Success doesn’t happen in a silo and unless you understand this at your core AND then do what it takes to change it, you’ll always be stuck in a self-sabotaging bubble of making things harder than they need to be. Carol Sankar reminds us that “There is a high level of mistrust, which is not highlighted during the marches and esteemed movement, of gender bias between women. The mistrust in business and the workplace is often a factor that affects the value of professional relationships and professional advocacy.” Don’t allow yourself to be apart of the very problem that you want to eradicate for yourself and others.

There are many more but in my experience, these three are pervasive and bubble up to the top of my list. It’s the very reason why I’m checking in to ensure you didn’t miss the details and 3-pay option for our upcoming conference: The Women Powered Up Experience.

**Get all of the details and register here–> www.WomenPoweredUp.com

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“The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek”
-Joseph Campbell

If you’re a part of my community, I know that the reason you’re here is because personal and professional development is a priority for you and I’d hate for you to miss this event if you really want to be in the room with us. I’m also very committed to making this a very intimate experience which means that registration will close when we reach 50 women leaders ready to lean in and learn.

EXACTLY WHO IS THE WOMEN POWERED UP EXPERIENCE FOR?

The Women Powered Up Experience is for any woman (corporate or entrepreneur) who values quality over quantity, who CRAVES a boutique and intimate environment of no more than 50 leaders all gathered in a room that will allow them to remove the mask so that they can finally:

-Eliminate chasing and instead attract more of the right opportunities because they are now known for their ability to execute and produce results.
-Communicate more confidently and with more moxie and far less concern and worrying about what to say.
-Be more productive, get more done and eliminate distractions that keep them stuck.
-Learn how to effectively use social media in ways that make them more of a magnet to the right opportunities.
-Increase their credibility with a thought leader message that will have people remember and recommend them for high-visibility projects.
-Create a deeper and more compelling connection in their relationships in a way that makes a true difference in the lives of others.
-Learn what it takes to create an undeniable leadership brand that not only positions them for greater success but also allows them to make a bigger impact in the world.

With all of that in mind…

I’ve made this experience a very EASY YES for you. The investment is only $150 and it includes a FULL DAY of learning and everything you need to uplevel your leadership brand PLUS a nice lunch to keep you nourished and fueled up for the day. You can pay in full or reserve your seat with a $60 deposit and pay the balance in two additional monthly installments.

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Those who register today, will be automatically upgraded to VIP which includes a BONUS TRAINING DAY on Friday, June 30th. This is a closed door power training for 10 women, but I only have 3 of those seats remaining.

**Get all of the details and register here–> www.WomenPoweredUp.com

I’m looking forward to seeing you in the room with us on July 1st or hearing from you about exactly what’s got you on the fence. Simply shoot me a note here to let me know why.

Until then..Keep Rising!

Felicia