Career coach gives tips: from a lecture to a conference: Introverts can be successful with these tips |



Jan 20, 2022 2:02 p.m

Introverts are often withdrawn and quiet. At work, this can lead to them being overlooked. Expert Sylvia Löhken gives tips on how introverts can be successful at work.

Many introverts feel that in order to be successful, they need to change – to be more outgoing, louder, and more outgoing. A fallacy, says author and career coach for introverts and extroverts, Sylvia Löhken. Former Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz are also introverted. Löhke knows how introverts react in certain situations and gives advice on how to successfully master five typical situations in everyday working life:

1. Show your own performance: Lots of introverts would think that bosses would automatically notice their good work, Löhken says. In truth, however, it is not always clear who does what in everyday office life. She warns: “Perceived competence is a big part of professional success.” Especially when working from home, the expert advises writing an email to the boss, for example, when an important task has been completed. It also helps to talk well about colleagues and successful projects of your own.

What is introversion?

What is introversion?

Introvert literally means “turning inward”. In the meantime, brain regions can be used to show how introverted we are with certain characteristics, says Sylvia Löhken. There are three areas:

2. Working in chaos: Introverts work best in a quiet environment without constant stimulation like noise, Löhken says. In the open-plan office, noise-cancelling headphones, earplugs or retreating to a conference room would help. She advises introverts with a lot of human contact, for example in gastronomy, to take regular breaks: “It can be a walk, sitting in a restaurant or a power nap.” It is also important in the home office that introverts take care of themselves. “If I, as an introvert, have two preschool children jumping around in my home office and a partner who is doing a video conference next door, I still have the stimulation,” describes Löhken.