When it comes to how we interact with our world — and our work — we all have superpowers. And while we live in a fast-paced, extrovert-centered world, there’s actually a subset of characteristics gaining both familiarity and fascination among the working masses. That superpower actually belongs to those uniquely wired to be introverts. In fact, according to the founder of Empowered Introverts, Daisy Simonis, when introverts tap into their unique wiring, the whole world becomes a better place.
From her early days in publishing at Oxford Press to working in the Ted Talk space, Daisy has found that while introverts bring highly-desirable skills to the world around them, they often can be left out and left behind until they tap into understanding and leveraging the communication skills that ultimately set them apart.
In doing so, introverts often find that what makes them different is also what makes them great. While some skills come naturally to introverts, such as active listening, processing, and organizing, there are others that will serve to advance their careers and impact those around them the more they learn to embrace and enhance them.
In this episode, we dive into topics ranging from how pandemic work life both uniquely benefited and challenged introverts, as well as how developing certain key communication skills in the new era of networking will advance introverts’ careers in more ways than realized.
Daisy has dedicated her career to teaching and training introverts in the art of people skills that ultimately help them tap more into their superpowers than ever before. Regardless of whether you identify as an introvert, extrovert — or even an ambivert — it’s clear we all have something to learn from this episode.
Steve: What piece of advice were you given at some point in your life that really stuck with you?
Daisy: Be really kind to yourself, and this is especially true for all of us. Very high achievers and hard workers could always be doing more. And it’s true. But at the end of the day, there is only one you. And although our minds are often stronger than our bodies and we can push through, illness or burnout in the long-term isn’t the best habit to get into. So, being really kind to yourself was life-changing.
Steve: What’s one book or article you would recommend reading for anyone that’s interested in introversion?
Daisy: One of them is “Quiet” by Susan Cain. Very, very famous introvert book. Life-changing for a lot of people who are introverts because it helps you see there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s quite heavy and quite academic. It might take a while to read. The lighter version is “I’m Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come” by Jessica Pam, which is an introvert living in an extroverted world for a year. So she puts herself out there and all the terrifying things, and it’s a really laugh-out-loud experience. So, I recommend both of them.
Steve: Can you tell me something that you think is true that sometimes people disagree with you about?
Daisy: The world is much bigger than we think, and many possibilities that don’t feel like possibilities can happen.
Steve: If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?
Daisy: It will end up OK. You don’t need to put so much pressure on yourself to get to that point.
Founder, Empowered Introverts
Daisy Simonis is the founder of Empowered Introverts, an organization that helps introverts supercharge their people skills to advance their careers. While her career spans various titles and roles, including her days in book publishing with Oxford University Press, it’s her heart for others that truly makes her stand out.
As the President of Gravity Group, Steve is passionate about helping brands reach their goals through honest, creative marketing and powerful brand stories.
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