STC recently hosted a free members-only webinar called The Introvert in the Workplace: Becoming a Leader and Influencer by Ben Woelk. If you are familiar with Woelk’s work, you know that he presented at Summit on the topic, published an article in the May/June 2018 Intercom journal with the same name, hosts a Slack group for “Introverted Leadership,” has a “Hope for the Introvert” podcast, and maintains a website and blog at benwoelk.com. Needless to say, he’s a busy man that has delved deep into how introverts can lead and influence in the workplace. As an introvert, I decided to attend his webinar and explore some of the other resources on which he’s worked.
Woelk’s webinar was my introduction into his work on introverted leadership. He shared resources, explained theories, and related real-life examples for how he and others have managed being an introvert in the workplace. This webinar was really all I needed to send me exploring his other resources. Although, I will say, that much of what he discussed in the webinar was mention in his other resources. So, you’re not missing out if you skip the webinar and jump straight to the Intercom article, Slack group, and/or podcast.
I joined the Slack Group for “Introverted Leadership” this week and, as a fan of Slack, have found the real-time conversation opportunities to be extremely valuable. In just a week, I’ve seen a community that comes together to share resources and experiences, including ways to grow as an introvert and person. I look forward to joining in future conversations and interacting with my introverted tech comm peers! Want to join? You can fill out an invitation request at https://benwoelk.com/introverted-leadership-discussion-slack/.
I’m just starting to dive into the “Hope for the Introvert” podcast, but the first episode with Sara Feldman sets a wonderful precedent for what I hope to find in the other episodes. The podcast is still new as the first episode aired on August 30, 2018. In the first episode, Woelk and Feldman discuss how being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t do things, it just means that you need to anticipate and plan for how you will do the thing. For example, Feldman shared that she plans pre-charge and recharge time before and after a work engagement that she knows will tax her energy levels. Further, they discussed the need to work outside of your comfort zone because it helps you to grow and learn as an individual, introvert or not. I look forward to delving deeper into this podcast and encourage you to also give it a try.
In conclusion, Woelk has found a niche that is very relevant to an industry in which many of us are introverts. He’s not the first to point this out; there are many, one of which I readily remember is an article that compared extroverted Technical Writers to unicorns (How to Spot an Extroverted Technical Writer and Other Mythological Creatures by Stephanie Whitlow). So, if you are an introvert like me, you might benefit from engaging in the conversation.
By Sara Buchanan