You don’t need to be an extrovert to SPEAK UP & BE HEARD

introvert public speaking voice Dec 12, 2021
Katherine Beck, The All American Actor’s Podcast

Do you think you can be an introvert and be a leader in your business?

In today’s episode I am sharing with you why you don’t need to be an extrovert to speak up
and be heard.

By the time you finish listening, you’ll know:
• How an introvert can speak up in an extroverted world
• Some of the most well know people who are introverts
• Why being an introvert is an advantage in your business

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You're listening to the All American Actor's Podcast, episode 51. In today's episode, I'm sharing with you why you do not need to be an extrovert to speak up and be heard. That's coming up next. Ready to learn what it means to have a voice for business, to utilize your voice to create the influence, impact and income you desire. Join me Katherine Beck, voice actor and voice coach, as I show you how to show up and stand out as the voice of your business. Learn my best tips on how to uncover your true voice to speak with authority and establish a personal connection to your audience that will leave them wanting to hear more. This is the voice for business podcast. We'll get started with today's episode in just a moment. But first, I want to give a big shout out to Courtney Elmer, who says this podcast is a wealth of info to help you feel more confident and find your voice. Thank you so much, Courtney. And that really ties in with what we are going to be talking about today. Because if you're an introvert, then you might find it to be a challenge to show up and feel confident to use your voice in your business. So thank you for recognizing this podcast, Courtney, I truly appreciate it. And if you've been listening to this podcast and loving what you are hearing as well do me a favor, make sure you have subscribed and tap those five stars. Leave us a review and let me know what you think of the podcast. So if you are loving this episode, go ahead and leave us a review. And one more massive announcement for you. Before we start today's episode, in case you have not heard, I have just opened the doors to my brand new voice program, I am so excited to share this new program with you. And when you join, you will be one of the founding members which is very exciting is I teach you how to become the voice of your business to really show up, speak up and stand out as the voice of your business. The doors are open. So make sure you check out all the details and join at Katherine Four B that's V, the number four and the letter B and I will leave that in the show notes for you as well. Grab all the details there. If you have any questions you can also drop me a DM on Instagram that's at Katherine underscore Beck underscore and we will make sure to get all those questions answered for you. Okay, let's jump into today's episode and I am going to let you in on a little secret. I am an introvert. I do not love being in the spotlight. I actually don't like the spotlight being on me when I speak. I love my quiet time I love recharging my batteries at home. And I love to be alone with my thoughts. So how does an introvert speak up in an extroverted world? If you're an introvert like me, sometimes you might find that challenging. But I'm going to share with you how me being an introvert speaks up in an extroverted world. It's called practice, I wish there was an easier way around it. But it truly is practice speaking in front of an audience, whether it's one person or 1000s, whether it's in person or online, and you can actually see the other person on the receiving end, it is all the same. It is a skill, a skill I became better at the more I practiced and the more I showed up. And the more I spoke and I totally get it. You know, there are moments for me as well, where I definitely do not want to speak or I don't want to show up there are moments where I may also feel nervous before I speak. And there are moments where I can hear those nerves getting the best of me when I am speaking. And that's called being human. But what I've recognized over the years, is to work within my comfort zone, but also to test my limitations and push myself to expand beyond those limitations even when it makes me feel a little uncomfortable because I know that that uncomfortable feeling will pass and I know that I'm not in any danger. So what's the worst thing that can happen to me by speaking up? Nothing. What's the best part about speaking up? I am heard and isn't that what we really want? So why not leap for it instead of fighting it? So I bring that up? Because you might be sitting there thinking that by me having a podcast that I am extroverted. And that I like to talk, but I am here proudly sharing with you that I am an introvert. And I'm here to tell you that you do not need to be an extrovert to speak up and be heard. So let's talk about what it actually means to be an introvert and why being introverted is actually a very powerful thing. Now, if you look up the definition of an introvert, it says a shy, reticent person. And I think we need to change that definition. Because I don't know about you if you're an introvert, but I don't think that at all defines what it means to be an introvert. I think you can be an introvert and not be shy. I think from my experience, you know, you can be shy and introverted. I was as a kid, I was shy, I definitely was shy, but I overcome that feeling of being shy. And yet, I am still an introvert. So for me, it's more about feeling comfortable, observing, listening, and choosing carefully the words I share with the world. I won't just talk for the sake of talking to fill up airspace, I don't feel that need. Instead, I enjoy the silence. I enjoy pauses. I prefer to think before I speak, and I know that when I do speak, I have something important to say. And I want my audience to hear me. Introverts can carry great wisdom and carry great impact with their words. And did you know that some of the greatest creatives that have inspired us and moved us were introverts. Robin Williams, for example, was an introvert, you might be thinking, Well, how is that possible? He's so funny, so brilliant with comedy, he held nothing back. And yes, that is true. But that was his performance side. That was his creative outlet. And from one creative introvert to another, I totally get that because for me, as an introvert, I found great comfort in performing I still do, I find great comfort in portraying another character. It is my true creative expression that comes out so freely when I perform in another character. But when we stop the performance, and we are ourselves, again, that's where the introversion sets in. And that's where we must retreat, recharge our batteries, find our quiet time to think and reflect. And Robin Williams once said in an interview, when he talked about being introverted, that it was about being quiet, and absorbent. That that was his time to think that that time was very precious to him. It was his thinking time so that he could then go back and give all of his comedic genius to his audience. And so it was very interesting, you know, to learn about Robin Williams, being an introvert and seeing how incredible he was performing just brilliant, but that he can have this other side to him as well. And here's another example of an introvert Bill Gates. And I came across a quote from him as I was doing my research, and it really resonated with me, he said, I think introverts can do quite well, if you're clever, you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which might be say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything, you can push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area. Then, if you come up with something, if you want to hire people, get them excited, build a company around that idea, you better learn what extroverts do, you better hire some extroverts and tap into both sets of skills in order to have a company that thrives both in deep thinking and building teams and going out into the world to sell those ideas. I love that. And that really is the power of an introvert to know the balance between thinking and voicing, and doing because at some stage in business, and it does not matter what business you're in, you need to be able to voice it to sell it to share it with the world. And how about Steven Spielberg? He's an introvert, Meryl Streep, she is also an introvert and Michael Jordan is an introvert as well. The list goes on and on and on. And all of these great introverts have used their voice in front of an audience. And guess what, they all survived not only that, they thrived. So being an introvert is no excuse. Because if you are an introvert like me, you have such a great gift. You have so much wisdom, ready to be voiced ready to be shared with the world. And when you do, you will create that connection and impact with your audience you desire And I leave you with this, the greatest risk is not taking one. I challenge you today to use your voice to speak up. Let yourself be seen. Let yourself be heard, because you have great things to say. And today, you have the ability to impact others through the power of your voice. Alright, that is it for today's episode. And remember, if you'd like to hear more about my voice process and work with me, the doors are open to my brand new voice program voice for business, check out all the details and sign up at Katherine for B. I will pop that in the show notes for you as well. And I look forward to working with you. And remember if you love this episode, go ahead. Let me know take a screenshot of the show share with me on your Instagram stories and tag me in it at Katherine underscore Beck underscore and coming up next week on the show we are talking about how to make more money with your voice. Now make sure to share this show with all your friends. Let them know what's coming up next week and invite them to tune in with you and learn how to show up speak up and stand out as the voice of your business. Until then go out there and use that powerful voice of yours and I'll see you back here next time.