I’ve been an introvert since I can remember. As the quiet one sitting in class, my kindergarten teacher told my mom I was “the daydreamer” of the group, often uninterested in what was happening around me and instead tuned in to my own vibrant inner world. I still grab any chance I can to get some alone time, but during the week I love to be surrounded by my Konnect family. Actually, I need to be.
Whether I’m chiming in on team brainstorms or collaborating on digital marketing strategies, many of these interactions fill me with energy that I wouldn’t find otherwise. But how does an introvert such as myself thrive in a bustling agency environment when their natural preference is a 72-hour binge of isolation? The answer is easy: find the opportunity to foster meaningful relationships and tap into creative moments of solitude.
What makes work worthwhile are the people you’ll surround yourself with on a weekly basis. At Konnect, I’ve had the chance to build enriching relationships with my coworkers over the past two years. So many personalities are bound to exist in one office, but how can someone manage to make it work to their advantage? Tap into one-on-one time with each person in the agency and get to know your colleagues on a deeper level. From team building activities, holiday parties and impromptu client brainstorms, you’ll be able to see what makes every employee unique and the different ways you connect with them. These close relationships will give your work meaning because you’ll truly want to help the people you’ve come to know so well.
As an introvert, there will still be days you need to step back and go into a bubble, especially when you’re trying to tap into a creative flow. In a sea of open-layout offices, consider finding different areas to work in that allow you to thrive. For example, here at Konnect’s LA office, I’ll usually head over to our “brainstorm couches” for a few hours where there’s less chatter. Large, comfortable couches and natural light make for a more serene work experience, aka introvert heaven. This area is a prime location when I need to buckle down on any creative assignment. A little feng shui goes a long way! The best collaboration workspaces don’t need a full interior design rehaul to be effective: dedicated conference rooms in different sizes, comfortable chairs, plenty of whiteboards and laptop tables are a great addition to an existing corner of the office.
When you imagine somebody working within the public relations industry, it can be easy to think of a classic extrovert who would have a no issues working in a crowded room or manning a trade show booth. However, there are certain skills and qualities that introverts possess that give them an advantage within the media industry. Introverts have a tendency to build close, meaningful relationships with those around them rather than having a plethora of casual acquaintances. This quality is beneficial when building long-term relationships with clients, journalists, and even colleagues.
The stigma that introverts are shy and need to constantly be alone needs to be abandoned. Introverts are relationship building gurus who have a preference for both collaborative environments and quiet spaces to develop their own ideas. Companies can always harness the power of introverts by engaging them in a way that suits their personality.