He’s shy … so what?
by Ilise Benun
On an NPR piece, Laura Sydell quoted Ken Aulatta (the author of a book on Google) as saying about Larry Page, “He’s not a particularly good speaker. He is not a particularly sociable guy…”
I found myself wanting to defend Larry Page. So here goes…
From my perspective, whether you’re a creative professional or the leader of an Internet giant, shyness doesn’t have to stop you!
Those not naturally gifted with gab, confidence and an ability to speak in front of others just have to work a little harder—but the truth is—shyness is very common. Some of the most powerful leaders admit to being shy.
How can you overcome your shyness?
Here are a few tips from my book, “Stop Pushing Me Around,” (or as someone called it last week, “Don’t Step on Me”) to help Larry Page, or you, overcome shyness in business and become a great runner of anything — Google, or your own career.
It starts with developing:
- Self awareness: Watch your habitual behavior and be ready to interrupt it. This can be as quiet as an internal belief, such as, “They don’t want to hear from me.”
- The desire to do different: You have to want something different. A new path may hurt a bit, but if you stay on it, your skills will strengthen and eventually you’ll reach the peak.
- Self discipline and willpower: It takes constant vigilance to resist impulses and distractions (email, Facebook, etc.) while keeping your eye on the larger goal and taking the simple actions that will get you there.
(You can find more on this in, “Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive”.
What can you add to help Larry Page?