“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
I believe that one of the keys to strength as an introvert is preparation. An introvert goes deep in thought and, given time, can come up with some brilliant ideas. That is not to say that they cannot come up with great ideas on the fly, because they can. I just know from experience that some of my best ideas have come with some time to think, while maybe scribbling some ideas on paper or typing on my computer. This goes for many things such as meetings, speeches, or important conversations. I often do my best work when I can think ahead of time.
I was giving an important presentation. I was presenting to a group of people that I had not spoken to before. Also, I could not help but think that if I do a good job this could be a start of an ongoing presentation opportunity. If the presentation was poor, this may be a one-time presentation.
I took a few minutes and did a little brainstorming with myself on a piece of paper to consider the needs of the audience. Then I kept that paper handy while I did some other work, and as ideas about this presentation continued to come, I made note of them. Once I had gathered all the topics that I wanted to share, I put them together in my presentation. The presentation went well. As a result, I will continue to present to this group and keep building a good relationship with them.
You may be jealous of those that can “wing it” in various situations. Don’t be. They have their own strengths and you have yours. As an introvert, you have the ability to think deeply, make connections, and come up with some great ideas. This can be hard work, but of course success in any endeavor is hard work. “Chance” as it says above, or phrased another way, opportunities come to those who are prepared. What does it take for you to prepare? Do it! And Be Strong!