For some of us, natural charm is a fortune. There is always a colleague who gets by the promotion ladder by smooth talking his or her way through the office. They always know what to say, when to say. Some even take credit for things they have not done, just because they can charm with conviction.
And then there are some of us, who struggle to speak when in a crowd. We prefer being behind the scenes, working silently. We avoid interactions, and always reply to the boss with the minimum words.
Humans range on a wide spectrum of an introvert and extrovert behavior. But if you are an introvert, then you know the frustration when we wish our work would be noticed, but some loudmouth always gets the attention.
Here’s what you can do to be noticed at work if you are shy.
Keep Your Head Out Of The Sand
First off, shyness is not something to be ashamed of. It can be a great virtue, especially when the workspace is filled with sycophants. Shyness has a certain grace and dignity, that makes introvert stand apart from the milling crowd. It is a tendency with the shy to avoid interaction with colleagues and supervisors. But the best you can do is to keep your head up and remain alert. You may not directly contribute in a conversation, but being a part of it, being present is important. Not everyone has to talk, but if you are avoiding social situations because of your shyness, you need to start being a part of it.
Break Your Comfort Zone
If you have formed a cosy comfort zone around your workspace, say your desk or your department, try breaking it a little, one day at a time. If you always remain at your desk during lunch hours, start venturing into groups. You don’t have to make friends immediately, but you should break your comfort zone, by trying to sit with different people.
Apurv Verma, Account Manager at SRV Media, says, “Some of us avoid client interactions. We are good with analysis and reporting. But we should try to break these moulds. You should try to take more responsibility, beyond what you already do.”
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Capitalise On Your Work
Apurv also suggests capitalising on your work to be noticed. You can start improving in your present project, speak to the boss about it if you are shy to initiate conversations like others. Shikha Choudhary, Content Manager at TalentSprint, says, “I believe in the mantra that your work should speak for you. I personally am a very shy person and I have always believed in this. If you don’t want to speak up in the meetings, go talk to a concerned person later. If you don’t want to raise your hand and shout out, drop an email later. Basically, just do your work so well that the spotlight goes on it automatically. You will feel proud and encouraged to do more and more when your work is appreciated.”
These are some approaches that will help you get noticed if you are too shy at work.