The tips you need to know if you are an introverted entrepreneur to succeed with all your business and online community events. No more feeling awkward or dreading events because you don’t know what to do or say.
What does it look like to build an intentional offline and online community as an introverted entrepreneur?
It’s all about prioritizing friendships.
When you have a thriving online community, you always have a sounding board, people you can talk to about your next big business idea.
You have exclusive access to the minds of women you deeply admire, allowing you to mastermind with a group of entrepreneurs who just “get” you.
You don’t have to worry about if anyone will promote your offerings on social media and share words of encouragement because you’ve already built deep relationships with people who want to see you succeed.
But what happens when you are an introverted entrepreneur?
Many people think introverts and online community building don’t go together, but they couldn’t be more wrong!
Introverts get put into boxes all. the. time.
Some see us as homebodies who never want to leave the comforts of our bed (but really, working from bed is amazing!) or wallflowers who never speak up at events.
Let’s face it: introverted entrepreneurs are pretty misunderstood.
While we may have some homebody and wallflower tendencies at times, we like to connect with other creatives just as much as anyone else does. We simply build friendships in a different way.
Mixing introversion with the entrepreneurial community, however, can be interesting.
On one hand, who you know is just as important as what you do as an introverted entrepreneur. But it’s also crucial that you are able to build connections in a way that feels sustainable and energizing for you.
If you are an introverted entrepreneur, chances are:
- you like to prioritize quality time > quantity of time
- you’re more likely to be found behind a computer than at a big event
- you prefer being social in very small groups or online
- too much in-person time can leave you feeling drained
Do any of these sound true for you?
If so, welcome to the introverted entrepreneur club!
At Get Found Stock, we’re friends with introverts and extroverts alike, but we know introverts often need an extra nudge to put themselves out there and start connecting with other like-minded women.
We make it easy to start connecting and learning from other entrepreneurs inside our membership! Along with getting access to our content creation vault of resources, you’ll also get tips on increasing your Instagram engagement, website traffic, and product sales. It’s all backed by a tight-knit online community of women who can’t wait to welcome you into the girl gang. 🙂
If you’re ready to start building an online community, one relationship at a time, we have a few additional tips to help you hit your stride.
4 ways to build an offline and online community as an introverted entrepreneur
Assess your energy levels before an event
As an introverted entrepreneur, you get most of your energy from alone time, allowing you to prioritize your own introspection and development. It doesn’t mean that you don’t get energy from being around people, but it only produces energy if you are intimately connecting with the person across from you.
While extroverts would walk into a big room of people and see all of the possibilities of friendships that can be made, an introverted entrepreneur walks in and tries to find a quiet corner away from the louder conversations. They can also look for the other introverts that are on the fringe of the bigger crowds.
It’s good to know how you are wired. Only then can you understand how to ensure your energy levels are healthy during events, which is one of the best ways to meet new people as an introverted entrepreneur. Swearing off networking completely because you’re an introvert doesn’t really work, and it doesn’t have to be a pain.
One of the best ways to assess your energy levels is to ask yourself how you are currently feeling. Once you’ve put this into words, try to mentally check in with yourself a few times during the day to see how you’re feeling then.
If your mind feels fuzzy, your eyes feel heavy, or your body feels sluggish, it may be time to assess if you want to continue building relationships at the event or leave for the day. You are in charge of your own schedule, so don’t worry about leaving an event early if it helps you preserve more of your energy.
Take breaks at social events
If you decide to stay instead of leaving the event early, you may want to recharge by going to listen to a speaker or talking one-on-one with an attendee for a longer period of time. This will allow your mind to relax while you stay in a busy environment. Sometimes all it takes is a deeper conversation or a great workshop session to inspire you for the rest of the day.
Another way to take breaks is to eat lunch on your own that day to reflect on the connections you’ve made and the things you’ve learned. I love doing this on days when the crowds at conferences I attend are draining my energy.
You could also skip one of the speaker sessions and leave the conference for a bit to take notes in your journal. I love doing this whenever I need some fresh air. It’s even better if you can somehow find an ocean view or a fresh patch of grass underneath palm trees. Finding a peaceful environment that gives you room to reflect can do wonders!
If you traveled to the event and have a hotel room nearby, you could also take one of my favorite breaks: a nap! There’s no shame in having to excuse yourself to unplug and take a quick cat nap. After your nap, you can reassess your energy levels and plan the rest of your day accordingly.
Participate in online community building through networking
Okay, so you probably knew that this would be on the list. While going out to social events can be fun, introverts like us may not go to as many as our extroverted friends. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still network as introverted entrepreneurs!
One of the best tools for online community building is, of course, social media. Whether you join Facebook groups (like ours!) or trade DMs on Instagram, you can start building relationships with other entrepreneurs all over the world.
There are plenty of ways to get started. Your first step is to make sure you have a completed and regularly updated social media profile on the platform of your choice. People want to be able to see the face of the person they are connecting with.
Try to put some extra personal details about who you are and what you do in your social media bio so people can learn more about you. You can even give ice breakers that will help your followers and other entrepreneurs start a conversation!
Then you can start intentionally connecting with other bloggers and introverted entrepreneurs. You don’t need to have thousands of followers before you reach out and build connections. You can look for other content creators in your local area or across the globe.
Look for content creators who have similar interests and start commenting on their photos regularly. Once you have exchanged some comments back and forth, reply to their Instagram story or send them a private DM to start a conversation.
Schedule a virtual coffee date with other introverted entrepreneurs
Once you’ve taken your conversation to a private DM or an email, it’s the perfect time to ask the other person if they’d like to set up a virtual coffee date so you can get to know each other. This is a great way to connect with people in a way that feels more personal than a text message but doesn’t limit you to a local area.
Virtual coffee dates are one of my favorite ways to connect with other introverted entrepreneurs. I met some of my Get Found Stock team members through virtual coffee dates along with other influencers and content creators outside of the Bay Area where I live.
As introverted entrepreneurs, we love any excuse to not leave the house or change out of our yoga pants in order to meet with someone. If you are feeling lonely while working from home but don’t want to hop to multiple in-person networking events, virtual coffee dates could be a great option for you.
Keep in mind when it works best for you to have a virtual coffee date. If you are setting it up with someone who works a full-time job, having it scheduled on the weekends or later evenings might be best. If you are scheduling a virtual coffee date with a content creator who is also a stay-at-home mom, you might want to suggest that you can schedule it around naptime. This extra thoughtfulness goes a long way when you are first connecting with someone.
Don’t be afraid to ask if they are available for a virtual coffee date! Many content creators will say yes, but if they are unavailable around the time you are hoping to schedule it, create a calendar reminder in your phone so you can reach back out at a time that is more convenient for them.
Claire Dobson is the founder and online community builder behind Get Found Stock, a membership community for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to grow their impact, influence, and income through monetizable content creation. When she’s not building her empire on Instagram and Pinterest, she is usually chasing around her son and two corgis around the house while wearing a facemask and yoga pants!