How to step out of the shadows and make an impact – even as an introvert

“Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.

Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

Brené Brown

Hi, I’m Jennifer, 

Time and time again, it’s been the people I’ve met and reached out to that have changed the fortunes of my business – regardless of their industry. 

But how do we meaningfully connect?

Don’t over think it, it’s just a human interaction. Whether it’s a friendly message across LinkedIn or a coffee and a chat face-to-face after sending them a quick introduction, people work best with people they know.

I didn’t purposefully set out to become a Super Connecter.  As I moved through my career and forged connection after connection, referring people and forming collaborative networks, it happened.

I started networking young! At the age of three, my mother was diagnosed as bipolar and I spent a lot of my early years hiding in the shadows. But there’s more…

At ten, I was gifted my first typewriter at the age of 10 and it became one of my most prized possessions. I spent hours typing letters to pen pals dotted around the globe.

Achieving Honours English at University I thought I’d go on to become a teacher or a journalist. But after working in Europe and Australia I became a high level Executive Assistant and proved adept at juggling and throwing to do lists in the air.

On the face of it, I was thriving but one thing held me back – my fear of social media and how to best use it. 

As a shy introvert I felt particularly daunted and intimidated by LinkedIn. 

What do you do when you’re fearful of something? You learn about it! 

I started studying a social media diploma with Pitman Training and raised my profile. 

Became known among my peers.

And won regional, national and global awards.

Life often has a way of giving us a gentle, or in my case, a painful nudge toward taking action and realising our true purpose. In 2013, I slipped a disc in my back.  Forced to step away from my successful career in the corporate world, I had time to reflect. It was time to follow my intuition and true calling. A young woman’s wish to both write and teach.

That and I had seen so many people give up on their dreams. They just couldn’t get a handle on forming connections.  

Networking was a scary word.

I saw a way to help and fulfill my own dreams – so I did. 

LinkedIn is the best platform to initiate connections amongst professionals and yet it’s often under-used by those who need it the most.

My vision is to empower tens of thousands of people to leverage LinkedIn to drive a positive change in their lives and that of others’.

I’ve stepped out of the shadows to help female entrepreneurs toot their horns and create economic opportunities without having to resort to paid advertising or spammy cold outreach.

If you need help building your presence and strategy on LinkedIn get in touch.

Everything starts with a simple connection. My strongest is with my husband Mike who I even met online, but not on LinkedIn of course!  When not working you’ll find me exploring South Devon or binging on a good boxset.

5 Things I Stand For:

  1. Honesty – always open and honest is the only way to be. Lead with vulnerability. Being upfront about the challenges is the catalyst for positive change.
  2. Accessibility – Anyone can be part of this. Whether you’re a LinkedIn newbie, a cynic or life long introvert. I adapt to fit what feels right for you and in a medium which suits your learning style.
  3. Connection – I champion the power of connection and joining dots in our networks to build lasting relationships. I think humans first, technology second. Social interaction and how to be part of the conversation can be learnt.
  4. Kindness – begin with kindness. It enables learning and opens our minds to new ways of doing things. Generosity without expectations then pass it on. Feels good huh?
  5. Synergy – finding common ground and ways to truly work better together to create breakthroughs, fresh thinking and more powerful solutions. You can almost feel those neurons firing.