Finding your voice is critical to fulfilling your goals as an introvert entrepreneur
If you’re wondering how to find your voice as an introvert entrepreneur, you’re not alone!
So often when a client says they need to “find their voice,” what they are really saying is that they are struggling to share their voice.
In this article, we’ll explore the difference between finding your voice and sharing your voice, and you’ll learn tips to do both in a way that works for you.
Finding your voice doesn’t always come naturally to introvert entrepreneurs
As an introvert, you might be used to being a more “behind the scenes” type of person. Yet, you have many strengths that lend to your success in business. You are introspective, thoughtful, and your mind is filled with a plethora of ideas. Though it might not feel natural to share those ideas with the world.
Being the face and voice of your business is something that is required when you are a coach, healer or other service-based solopreneur.
As the face and voice of your business, you know you need to find and share your voice. You want to do so in a way that reflects who you are, feels natural, and helps you stand out from the crowd.
Why you might struggle to find your voice
There are many reasons why introverts (and extroverts, for that matter) may struggle to find and share their voice in business.
Here are a few:
- You’ve transitioned from a job that allowed you to be a behind-the-scenes person, and now you are front and center in your business — and you are representing YOU.
- You had the experience of not being seen and heard as a child, and it has impacted how you feel about yourself and your worthiness as an adult.
- You have a paralyzing fear of rejection, judgment, and worry about what people will think. This is human! But it becomes problematic when it stops us from doing what we love.
If you resonate with any of these points, you are definitely not alone. And you can find a path to sharing your voice that works for you.
It doesn’t have to be hard to find your voice as an introvert
It can sometimes feel like the odds are stacked against you as an introvert in business, but this is not actually the case.
There are many successful introvert entrepreneurs, coaches, and healers who excel in business.
What they’ve been able to do is harness the power of their strengths as an introvert, and communicate in a way that works best for them.
Here are some ways being an introvert helps you in finding and sharing your voice:
1. You’re a thoughtful analyzer, so you take great care to clarify what you want to say before you say it. When you do share, your message comes across very clearly and intentionally because of the thought behind it.
2. You’re an observer, so you’re tapped into the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of others (like your ideal clients and your audience). Those insights can help you when it comes to communicating with your audience in a way that resonates.
3. You are gifted in different ways of expression, such as writing, designing, or creative projects. Expressing yourself in your natural way can feel more comfortable, while still helping you stand out online.
How to find your voice as an introvert entrepreneur
To truly find your voice in your business means to know what you stand for and what your overall message is.
Consider the following:
- What are you most passionate about?
- Why did you start your business?
- What is your overall mission behind your work?
- What makes your approach unique or different?
Finding your voice is a process of self-discovery and is on-going.
Defining your core message can help you feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer. (If you want support in defining your core message, this is for you.)
At some point though, you will need to move on to actually sharing your voice.
How to share your voice as an introvert entrepreneur
You don’t have to wait until everything is perfect or until you feel 100% confident to share your voice. (Let’s be honest, we all might be waiting forever if that is the case!)
It’s important to start putting yourself out there, knowing that it will get easier and you will feel more confident over time.
Here are some tips to start sharing your voice:
1. Plan ahead. As an introvert, you are more of a natural planner. When you plan in advance, you can feel more comfortable sharing.
2. Start small. Choose one way you will start sharing your voice. Dip your toe in the water by starting where the stakes are lower.
3. Let go of perfection. Perfection is not the goal. Getting out there, sharing your work, and connecting authentically is.
4. Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Let your personality and all your quirks shine through. People connect with authenticity.
5. Keep it simple. Don’t worry about saying something groundbreaking that no one has ever said before. Share what you want to share in your way, and let that be enough.
6. Stay the course. Keep showing up. Be willing to fall. It happens to everyone. When you show up over time, it becomes easier and you gain more experience.
7. Address your thoughts and feelings around showing up. Many of us have childhood wounds around being seen and heard that show up in business. It’s important to address these, so we can heal.
The truth about finding your voice as an introvert entrepreneur
Even when you’re in business to accomplish a bigger purpose, even when you know your mission and you have a clear message, it can still feel challenging to share it.
What can make the biggest difference in your confidence in sharing your message is doing the inner work.
By inner work, I mean turning inward, becoming aware of the thoughts that you tell yourself and the feelings that arise when it comes time to show up.
Often these thoughts and feelings are rooted in the past. The might come from trauma or past experiences, and you might not even be aware that they are holding you back today.
When you become aware of these thoughts and feelings, and bring them to the surface, you can learn ways to support yourself through the process of showing up.
And when you do this deeper work, sharing your message can feel easier and empowering. This opens up the door to being fully expressed in your business and experiencing all the freedom that comes along with it.
Are you an introvert entrepreneur who wants support in finding and sharing your voice?
I offer a group program that supports you through doing the inner work and the outer work to getting visible, so that you can feel a greater sense of ease and confidence when showing up online.