Being shy is something many of us may experience. It could be when you walk into a conference and don’t see a friendly face, or even holding back when a friend suggests you go out and network in order to do better on the work front. Does it hamper your career growth? Are you unable to scale the corporate ladder because of this?

While it is true that the world loves extroverts, the shy person does not need to despair. There are ways to get over one’s shyness, at least in order to gain more visibility at work.

Here are some tips for introverts who’d like to get noticed:

Recognize your shyness: Accept that you are a shy person and that you need to take steps to help yourself. You are the only person who can make yourself less shy. It begins with you.

Step out of your comfort zone: Sometimes we feel secure in a particular job or feel that this is the right place for us to be in for the rest of our lives. Learn from people who are not shy. Observe them and try to incorporate some of their ways when you are faced with a problem where you think your shyness is holding you back.

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Change your body language: It is very easy to spot a shy person; more often than not, their body language gives them away. So ensure that you always make eye contact with your co-workers, stand tall, and make sure your body language is confident. This will take some time to master, so keep practicing. Also, make sure you look your best while at work. This may not seem very important but it helps while getting your opinions across while at work. People will start to notice you and pay attention to what you are saying.

Shyness is often an ingrained trait, but it need not be the end of the road, and is something that can be worked upon. Learn more about how to overcome shyness at work, and get yourself the recognition you deserve.

Article contributed by Women’s Web

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