The Loner's Guide to Getting
by Marcia Yudkin
Some people assume that introverts,
who recharge their energy best when alone, naturally shy away from being in the public eye.
That is not true.
As an introvert, you enjoy getting recognition for a job well done, and you probably understand the benefits of getting your business better known. However, certain aspects of publicity can feel tricky and paradoxical for you.
Your biggest conflict is summed up in the word "exposure." On the one hand, it means that people have heard of you and your business. On the other hand, it implies that all your flaws are revealed to the world, and you stand open to the judgment of everyone. Horrors!
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Getting Publicity for Introverts
My fondest fantasy is to be
able to go through the rest of life being
invisible. That's safe and comforting. Yet I've
mastered the art of earning publicity and help
others step happily (and profitably) into the
spotlight. Here are tips for seeking publicity
if you consider yourself reserved, essentially a
private person or shy.
1. Pursue print more than broadcast publicity. Interviews with newspaper and magazine reporters are much more forgiving than those for radio and TV. For print, you can take a bit more time to get your thoughts together when asked a question, and you
need not worry about how you look or how your voice sounds while answering.
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2. Draw boundary lines to protect your privacy.
Unless you are a Hollywood celebrity or involved in a sensational crime, you normally get to create some limits to publicity. For example, you can be photographed at the office or in a public place rather than at home with your family. You can stick to publicity opportunities that highlight you in your professional capacity.
3. Team up and put your partner in the spotlight. When the second press release I ever wrote sparked interest from the Wall Street Journal, we agreed that my more talkative co-owner was the one who would talk to the reporter. Likewise, when it was my co-author, rather than I, who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, I
was happy to applaud her from home.
4. Get famous as an expert. Instead of wanting to be famous for no reason, you prefer to get known for your abilities and accomplishments. Writing articles and books, distributing press releases and sharing your perspectives in interviews are strategies that better fit your personality than angling for a mention in the category of "who is who around town."
Get famous as a
listener. Introverts generally listen better
than extroverts, and you can take advantage of
this strength to become known as a gifted
interviewer or a probing conversationalist.
Teleclasses, podcasts and Internet radio offer
accessible new venues for this type of
Contradictory as this sounds, you can engineer publicity that makes you a public figure and a "name" while keeping you relatively
cocooned within your personal sphere.
So get prepared to enjoy your 15 minutes - or 15 years - of shining in the spotlight!
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