6 Ways Extroverted Introverts Can Make Lasting Change

If you’re like me, you’re not an introvert or an extrovert – you’re somewhere in between.

You don’t like big groups, but feel comfortable around close friends. You dislike small talk but enjoy meaningful conversation. You don’t classify yourself as outgoing, but can be if the situation is right – you’re an extroverted introvert.

Identifying yourself as an extroverted introvert can be confusing, and even more so when determining how best to advocate and inspire without straying too far from your comfort zone.

If you’re looking to have your voice heard and make a difference in your community, try these tips today:

1. Discuss impact within your circle
When looking to make lasting change, start with your network of friends and family. Encourage your family to research the issue. Invite your friends to an event. Instead of creating hundreds of quick connections, focus your efforts on maintaining and strengthening the meaningful relationships you already have. Talk openly and challenge them to spread the word to their close connections.

2. Meet people one-on-one
If the idea of large groups and networking scares you, scale it down. Meet individually with people over coffee. In today’s technology-driven society, meeting in-person, one-on-one is a lost art. It’s easy to send an email blast to hundreds of people with the click of a button, but there’s something special about making small, personalized connections that can still lead to large-scale impact.

3. Advocate in your day-to-day life
Never underestimate the small things. Being an advocate for a cause that’s close to your heart doesn’t mean you have to yell it from the street corner. A shirt, poster or sticker can spark a meaningful, one-on-one conversation and give you the opportunity to express your position in a relatable way. Every connection matters.

4. Offer your skills to a local organization
Many small nonprofits don’t have the capacity or financing to create in-house materials like PSAs, videos and brochures to raise awareness. Offer your creative skills in graphic design, videography, photography and writing to support causes important to you. Organizations need people who excel in these areas to help spread their missions. Sharable materials humanize all the great work organizations do in a way spoken word can’t.

5. Volunteer your time to a cause
No matter if you spend your time on the frontlines or behind the scenes – the impact is significant. No act is too small. Whether you’re handing out stickers or speaking in front of thousands, it takes a group of dedicated people to give their time to make lasting change. Maybe you only have a few hours or maybe you’re looking for something more long-term, no matter your interest, there are hundreds of organizations in need of an extra pair of hands.

6. Join a local board or committee
Whether you have years of experience or are just starting out, you have some level of expertise to offer a nonprofit board or committee. These groups consist of individuals interested in building awareness for the organization they serve while learning more about their community. Since they are typically smaller in size, you’ll have the freedom to express ideas, interact with others and contribute to the conversation without feeling overwhelmed. Find out what it takes to be a great nonprofit board member and if board service is the right fit for you.

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Abby Downs

Abby Downs is a St. Louis native and professional writer. If she doesn’t have a pen in her hand, it’s a camera. When she’s not busy combining these two loves, she can be found binge-watching 90s sitcoms, trying new cheeses and planning her next big adventure.