I’m gonna go ahead and say it first – I’M AN INTROVERT!

When I was a kid, I was sooooooooooooo (plus a thousand more o’s) SHY

Shy as in…

I wouldn’t order for myself at restaurants…

I wouldn’t wear long sleeve shirts to school because I would get serious wet pit stains from just holding a conversation…

I would rehearse conversations to myself before having to call friends (still sometimes do now) and this was obviously before cell phones and texting…

I wouldn’t say anything to people who held the door open for me
(I knowww RUDE right? But I wasn’t meaning to be)…

And many more weird things…

I hate labels, but statistically most creatives and artists are introverts.

We like to be by ourselves to recharge and think….

We like avoiding social gatherings and situations….

And we like to listen and be observant rather than be the center of attention…

But our introvertedness sometimes holds us back from getting what we want and deserve…

And holds us back from seeing the success we desire….

Which is why you’re gonna want to build your “extroverted switch” (as I like to call it)

This is a secret weapon you can turn on, when the situation calls for you to be extroverted!

It’s takes a lot of practice to build a good switch, and will always be a work in progress, but it’s totally possible!

In my video above I share the 5 ways to be more extroverted if you are an introverted creative or artist:

  1. Put yourself in uncomfortable social situations
    • I know this sucks, but you’re gonna want to face those fears and insecurities and put yourself out there. When we don’t feel like going to a party or friend’s dinner, DO IT. When your friend is pulling you out on the dance floor, GO AND DANCE. When you have to network at a networking party, put your phone away, grab a drink, and MEET SOMEONE NEW! The more you do it the easier it’ll be…well kinda.. the pit in your stomach will never go away, but you’ll grow as a person and create new opportunities for yourself.
  2. Practice small talk when you know the conversation is gonna end soon
    • Introverts prefer one-on-one deep conversations over small talk, but if we want to learn how to be extroverted we have to practice small talk. The best way to do this is to chat it up with someone when you know the convo is gonna end. For example, you can talk to someone in the Starbuck’s line about the weather or what their favorite drink is, or talk to your waitress and ask them if they attend the local college or what they like to do for fun in the area. Sky is the limit!
  3. Adopt opposite behaviors. Be Observant.
    • This sounds kind of weird but this is really how I learned how to be more extroverted. Observe how people interact with others, take what you see and make it your own. Blend it into your personality. This is especially helpful when you observe other creatives who are where you want to be and are doing the things you want to do. Watch carefully how they interact with others and put themselves out there. If they can do it, you can too!
  4. Watch my 5 Ways To Talk To Anyone If You’re A Creative Introvert video
    • In this video I give some awesome tips and tricks that will help you open your mouth and talk to anyone! This is especially helpful if your shy, not sure what to say, or feel like you look like an idiot when you talk to someone.
  5. PRACTICE!
    • This won’t happen overnight. It’s gonna take a LOT of practice. The more you do it, the easier it’ll be to face any fears and put yourself out there. It’s taken me years to build my extroverted switch to where it’s at now. And I still have a ton of room to grow. The next time you feel hesitant on putting yourself out there, think of me and this blog post and ask yourself “What would a gangSTAR CREATIVE DO?!”

 

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Cheers to annihilating the status quo of the starving artist!