Branding for Introverts

As a self-defined – and not at all biased – introvert, I have to start by saying that Introverts are frequently misunderstood.  Often the word “introvert” is used interchangeably with “shy” or “anti-social”, however introversion is really more to do with where your energy comes from.

Do you recharge your energy by going out & being around others? Or by going within – spending time alone with space for reflection? While extroverts often process their experiences out loud – in real time, through conversations and interactions with others, introverts might prefer to filter their thoughts and feelings through their own internal systems or with a trusted person before taking action.

Also: Introverts don’t hate people… necessarily.  They value quality conversations and connections. But they do get affected by the environment, people and energy around them.  So while they may seem withdrawn in a group setting, the same person can come alive with ideas, expression and animation when they’re one on one or in a small group.

Emma Grant Williams, Your Inner Light Photography

Introverts vs Extroverts

I used to work with a guy who was an out-and-out extrovert. His energy came from interacting with world around him and was in constant relationship to ideas, people and conversations that would spark his next great idea for a product or script.  

We balanced each other out well as a creative team, and I learnt a lot from him, but it was difficult to understand each other at times.  One day, I visited his office, sitting across from him at his desk and trying to write a script for a TV presentation. He constantly interrupted me with funny jokes, stories, weird sounds and playful interactions.  I got absolutely nothing done, and left feeling discombobulated and drained.

Then I got sick.  But the script still needed to be written.  So I sat on my couch at home, wrapped in a blanket, next to a pot of tea and opened my laptop.  I looked at my notes and the script poured out of my mind and onto the screen effortlessly.

As an introvert, I needed to create from the inside out. And when I had that time and space – with no energetic interference – it came easily.

I sent it through to my boss and he pronounced it the best I’d written yet.  

 

The Power of Introverts

In the Western world, we often see images of extroverts held up as an ideal way of being.  Out there, bold, radical and fearless.  But the truth is, we need introverts and their skills as an integral part of our community.

Introverts can sit with ideas and situations, processing deeply and considering options, and coming up with creative insights and approaches to challenges. They can listen deeply to how people are affected, and can connect with others.

They are:

  • insightful
  • empathetic
  • authentic
  • emotionally intelligent
  • compassionate
  • great listeners
  • powerful observers
  • trusted advisers
  • perceptive
  • self-motivated
  • creative
  • valued mentors
  • teachers through their lived experience.
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 In fact, Introverts often quietly become powerful leaders because of – not in spite of – their qualities.

Honouring Your Energy in Your Marketing

Because an Introvert’s energy can ebb and flow throughout the day or environment, it’s important for them to manage their energy and carve out regular time to recharge.  While I know many Introverts who thrive as performers, presenters and creatives, with a notable presence in the public arena – they have to balance this with solitude and quiet in order to replenish.
 
The idea of having to be “on” all the time will literally drain them of the will to live. So how do you grow a brand or run a business when you need to show up consistently in the world to do so?   As introverted creatives or business owners, marketing in traditional ways can feel misaligned & run the risk of burnout.
 
With so much technology at our fingertips, Introverts now have the channels to create in ways that align with their energy style, while also allowing them to create wide reach with their ideal audience.  We can create content one-on-one or even in solitude and then share that content with a much wider audience, at any time of day or night, without us needing to be energetically available.
 

Branding Photography is an ideal way to share your story and market your unique magic, while honouring your energy.

How Branding Photography helps Introverts:

  • You don’t have to shout to be heard. We create your photos one-on-one: just you & me in a calm, connected environment. So even though your images have the potential to reach millions of people around the globe, you’re staying in your creative comfort zone.
  • You can streamline your workflow and manage your energy.
  • You can show up and be visible in your business, even when you’re recharging.
  • You can connect with your clients/audience consistently and authentically, without having to be “on” all the time.
  • You can create compelling, expressive & authentic photographs that feel like you, from a.
  • Branding images are working for you even when you’re introverting in a forest, under a weighted blanket, journalling or cloud watching. Just pick an image from your collection, schedule your post, publish your website and then rest.

I’m Emma, a Sydney-based Branding and Headshot Photographer.

I love working with Introverts because:

  • your rich inner life and creativity invite a beautiful emotional connection with your audience.
  • the camera sees and amplifies your energy, effortlessly creating soulful, authentic images.
  • your insight, curiosity, empathy and compassion make you fascinating and magnetic (as well as generally lovely to work with).
  • I know that by embracing your introverted nature, you are empowered to harness your unique strengths.
  • The world needs you to show up, exactly as you are.
 
Remember, your imagery reflects your energy. The small amount of time we spend creating your branding images to tell your story will reward you and your business for the days, weeks and months to come.

I offer a free 30-minute one-to-one (introvert-friendly) branding consultation to explore how we can share your story.

Calling all introverts! (quietly)

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