When starting my self-employment journey 9 years ago, it occurred to me that specializing in coaching introverts would make my heart happy and would fill a big need. I floated the idea to a couple of business friends, and they both said something like this: “That’s a bad idea. No one will admit to being introverted and they will never contact you or attend your events.”
Mind you, this was years before the explosion of introvert pride sparked in 2012 (when the book Quiet came out), so they were right about the negative attitude toward introverts and people’s hesitance to admit to being introverted, but my heart told me the need was there. I wasn’t going to let their opinion stop me.
So I decided to host a free discussion for introverts to talk about their work concerns so I could learn more before jumping in. I posted the invitation on a large email list and I got two kinds of responses:
- From many introverts: “When and where?! I’ll be there!”
- From a few extroverts: “A discussion for introverts? No one will talk.”
How wrong those extroverts were. So-called “quiet” people have a lot to say.
I’ll explain what gets introverts talking, and what happened in those introvert discussions. It was wonderful.