A Guide for Introverts: How to Deliver Your Next Live Workshop Like a Boss
By Jenn Monaghan
If you’re a self-professed introvert, delivering a live workshop can feel daunting.
You might assume that everyone hosting a workshop is an extrovert and that the process comes easily to them. With a strong presence and a voice to match, we like to assume that all top industry leaders are extroverts.
In reality, this just isn't the case.
The personalities that we see on television and online are a delicate mix of introverts and extroverts—and the same is true with workshops. While introverts and extroverts may prepare differently for workshops, both are equally capable of delivering a top-notch workshop experience.
If you identify as an introvert — we feel you. (And, heck, we’re sort of introverts, too!)
We have all the confidence in the world that you can run just as awesome a workshop as your extroverted friends. To help, we’re sharing our introvert's guide to hosting your first live workshop.
With these tips and tricks in tow, you can move forward in unleashing all of your introverted superpowers and never look back.
Focus on teaching
When it's time to go live, it’s easy to get caught up in worrying about how you sound or if your students are resonating with your content.
Instead of focusing on the things around you, try focusing on your teaching. If you’re unsure where to begin your workshop, lead with a topic, lesson, or story that you’re passionate about.
Remember that you’re an expert in your field and that what you’re teaching your students is valuable. When you have confidence in your material, you’re naturally going to appear more confident all around.
Have fun — allow yourself to get lost in the material that you’re presenting to your students and speak from a place of passion.
Choose only one person to focus on
If you’re teaching a workshop with a large audience, it’s only natural to feel intimidated.
Rather than focusing on the group as a whole, try focusing the bulk of your attention on one student. At the beginning of your workshop, find a student that naturally makes you feel more comfortable and at ease — this could be someone who you’ve connected with before the workshop or someone who you’re already familiar with like a friend or acquaintance.
This is a strategy that Sale-A-Day member, Angela, uses in her own workshops:
“When speaking to my students, I never spoke to a group of people. I always spoke to a person.” -Angela Ahern
As a self-professed introvert, the thought of teaching an entire group of students felt daunting to her. So, she lightened her load and chose one student to focus her teachings on.
As an introvert, you may find that you spend extra time processing your thoughts and surroundings.
For your next workshop, this means that it’s best to plan ahead. You’ll want to allow yourself plenty of time between finalizing your workshop and delivering it to a live audience. In doing so, you can work out any of the kinks that show up along the way.
When it’s time to deliver your workshop, you’ll find that you can better focus on teaching your material.
Schedule a post-workshop break
Let’s face it, delivering a workshop to a live audience can feel exhausting.
Before you even deliver your workshop, be sure to schedule time after your workshop to decompress. If you wrap up your workshop and have a packed calendar of calls or social events, you're gonna burn out.
Don’t hesitate to reward yourself — you deserve it ;)
Give yourself the time you need to reclaim your energy, relax your mind and be with yourself. This is something that we do personally and something that many of our members do as well.
Sale-A-Day member, Anthony, felt wiped after the live delivery of his workshops. Without scheduling time to decompress, he knew that burnout could be looming around the corner. So, he gave himself the break he needed:
“I took a week and a half to travel to my family’s lake home, relax and recharge my batteries in the sun. Now I have the energy to celebrate!” -Anthony Kuo
Knowing that you have quiet time scheduled will allow you to stay present in your workshop and reduce overwhelm.
Reconsider the definition of an introvert
The word introvert is often mistakenly connected to words such as “anxious” or “fearful”.
While this may be true for some introverts, it’s important to note that it’s not true for all. The thing is, you can be an introvert without experiencing above-average fear or anxiety. This is true in the same way that you can be an extrovert without being socially confident or attention-seeking
Give yourself permission to identify with some traits associated with introversion and not others — try to think of the word introvert as a grey area instead of being so black and white.