First of all, speak up
Whether you’re in a one-on-one job interview or a company-wide town hall, the most important thing you can do in any meeting is make yourself heard. This fact alone can be daunting for an introvert—luckily, introverts naturally excel in preparation. No matter your personality, use this to your advantage: Know what you want to talk about before the meeting starts. If you’re attending an interview, review the original job posting take advantage of the whole Google-full of information about the company you’re interested in. If you’re attending a staff meeting, chances are you will know the agenda at least 72 hours in advance. Do your research and write down some key points in advance. And if you’re curious, here are the 7 best jobs for introverts.
Confidence is as perceptible in your voice as it is in your body language. As you have probably noticed form watching any panel show, political event, or business meeting with multiple speakers, the “winner” of the talk is usually the person who speaks most energetically and fluidly. Too many pauses make you sound unsure of yourself, and if you are unconvinced by your own ideas, why should the rest of the room be convinced? Psychology Today points out the impact of this bias: “If two speakers utter exactly the same words, but one speaks a little faster and louder and with fewer pauses and greater variation in volume, that speaker will be judged to be more energetic, knowledgeable, and intelligent.” The uptake: If you already know what you want to say in the meeting, it never hurts to rehearse a few times. Here are magic phrases every public speaker should know.