The Introverted Network Marketer: Is It Good For Business?

by golda on August 29, 2011

The Introverted Network Marketer: Is It Good For Business?
By Golda Smith
 
Thinking back to my childhood days I remember on night when my friends and I were clubbing in NYC and to be perfectly honest after a few hours and mindless chatter I was ready to go home. Well as we were walking down a street, we were coming up to a subway station. As our group kept walking, I departed, descended into the underworld of New York and caught the next train home. I didn’t stop to tell my friends goodbye…nothing, not a word. They didn’t speak to me for weeks!
 
I’ve always known I was special. I wasn’t one and still not one for speaking just for the sake of hearing my own voice, I prefer quiet introspection. I say what needs to be said and that’s a wrap! I’ve been called aloof, intimidating, stand-offish…anything else, I’m unaware of. Well, I realized a long time ago that I have a tendency towards being an introvert.
 
What exactly is an introvert?
 
This is not a technical definition by any means but an introvert is someone who is energized by spending time alone and their energy is usually DRAINED by being around people for long periods of time. It is NOT a shy person. I have my shy moments but that’s associated with apprehension and or anxiety.
 
I’m happiest in my home by myself. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy being around others, I do. What I am saying is that my dominant pull is towards being with myself or at most, small groups of people. I know that I’m not alone in that which brings up a very good question…
 
How on earth can an introvert succeed in network marketing?
 
Very easy. You see, I know how to turn it ON and turn it OFF and if you’re a natural born introvert and want to build a profitable network marketing business then you must learn how to do so as well. Many people falsely believe that the top income earners are extroverts. Not necessarily true. I know an American high six figure earner who lives on an island where English isn’t even the first language and he built his business primarily online. He readily admits that he’s an introvert; however, he’s obviously mastered some techniques that have helped him build a very profitable network marketing business.
 
Is It Good For Business?
 
This is one business where studying and being able to identify the 4 different personality types will pay you a fabulous income. This is especially helpful for the network marketing introvert. It may be terribly painful to interact with people who are the polar opposite of you but realize that you won’t automatically combust. You won’t die from pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone as a matter of fact, you run the risk of increasing your people skills!!! 
 
If you have identified yourself as a network marketing introvert and you’re wondering how you can find financial success in this industry then I need you to answer these questions?
 
What attracted you to your current business opportunity?
More importantly, what excites you about network marketing?
 
Is it the products or the fabulous compensation plan? I’d even suggest that you write these down and keep it close by so that you can reflect on them later.
 
An introvert may be very excited about network marketing but the thought of sharing it with people they know just makes them want to throw up. If that’s you then you need to figure out a lead generation method that will allow you to build your network marketing business. This may mean purchasing leads or my favorite…social media or both.
 
Social media can be the introvert’s best friend. It’s like going to a great big never ending virtual party. Now this is not an excuse for you to hide behind your computer doing mindless and unproductive activities. Months ago, I made the decision that I wanted to use the internet to build my network marketing business. Social media has been an integral part of my business plan and it should be for you as well. Social media is a rapport building tool and is great for meeting people that you otherwise would have never meet. Whether it’s through your blog or sites like facebook and twitter, even the most extreme introvert can build a profitable network marketing business. Now if you are so introverted that you don’t like talking to people then perhaps this isn’t the business model for you because at the end of the day, network marketing is still a people business.
 
So which are you, introvert or extrovert? Whatever your response, you can achieve success using this business model because if you haven’t learned by now, all the personality types, ages, ethnicities, academic levels and much more are represented here. It is what you make it, so next your excuses and claim the piece of the pie that is yours.
 
 
 
 
 
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live! She has a FREE report entitled “5 Ways To Talk To People About Your Business Without Ever Picking Up The Phone”. Don’t listen to another dial tone, get this NOW!

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1 Samantha September 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Wow! I felt like I was reading my own story. I am an introvert through and through. I absolutely hate "selling" and talking to random people, but I have to build my business. I appreciate your candidness. Hopefully we can network and encourage one another. Thanks for sharing.

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2 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
September 2, 2011 at 11:08 am

Great to connect with you Samantha, looking forward to getting to know you. Love your wwebsite. Single Mompreneurs unite!!!

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3 Grady Pruitt@Amazing Self Review
Twitter: successBB
September 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I've never really thought of whether I'm an introvert or an extrovert.  I think I'm more introverted, because I do have a tendency to enjoy doing things by myself, but I also know that I do like getting out and doing things with others.  Some of my friends probably wouldn't believe you if you told them I was an introvert.  It seems I'm always talking when I am around others, and that might be because I'm overcompensating because I often feel awkward (even though I enjoy being) in group situations.
Thanks for sharing, Golda!

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4 Wahm September 10, 2011 at 2:10 am

Social media is a rapport building tool and is great for meeting people that you otherwise would have never meet.

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5 Susan@strollers and prams September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I certainly feel like an introvert. Online it doesn't seem as difficult to get the message out, but dealing with people and cold calling on the phone is a different matter! I hope to work up to that, but for now, social media will get me at least acting like an extrovert.

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6 Mark Errol September 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

Well in your case, that's good. You are able to succeed despite being an introvert marketer. I would like to know your secret about it if it is okay with you.

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7 Kelli October 1, 2011 at 2:13 am

From one introvert to another….
….I'm so glad I'm not the only one who struggles! I love your informal definition of an introvert – it IS draining to be around others, prompting the need to recharge. Also, I'm so glad to have social media as a bit of a 'shield' from face-to-face communication, when necessary!

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8 Heather@strollers for big kids October 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Sometimes I find it a struggle to reach out to others. This keyboard seems to make the process much safer somehow. Nonetheless, I know its important and I know I need human contact so I shift gears and get out there – but only for a bit at a time….

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