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A safe place for those of us with a more introverted preference; a space to be understood, reassured and inspired so you can Stand Sure and Grow Strong in life, in work, in business.
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9 Secret Signs that You’re Actually an Introvert
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I’m Rachel Anderson, the founder of Tea & Empathy and a social introvert.
For many years I neither understood nor accepted that I was an introvert – to me that implied I was somehow socially inadequate or shy.
It was only after I burned out after 18 years in a corporate role, trying to be something I was not (an extroverted, lead from the front, high energy leader) and began a journey of self-discovery to repair my damaged confidence that I came to understand that my introversion is simply about how I am re-energised – what nourishes me, and what drains me.
We introverts face some particular challenges in the extrovert-centric world we live in.
There are important neurological differences between introverts and extroverts; one preference is not better than the other, they are simply different.
Nor is there one standard picture of an introvert – we are all unique individuals, regardless of our preferences. But knowing, accepting and being comfortable with who you are; knowing your strengths and how to leverage them, and turning ‘weakness’ to your advantage is the essence of how to thrive in life, leadership and business.
There are some simple, natural principles we can learn that will help us to overcome our self-doubt, procrastination and overwhelm. I use the metaphor of an oak tree to convey what those principles are.
There’s so much I can share that I’ve learned from my own journey from doubt to certainty, confusion to clarity. And even more that I’ve learned from the incredible clients I’ve worked with. So if this resonates at all, or you are simply curious, I’d love to get started by sharing a free checklist with you.
Join my free, private facebook group ‘Introvert by Nature’. This welcoming community is a place for support; where we can breathe out, embrace our introverted preferences and be ourselves. There’s no hype, just a great place to quietly connect with like-minded people and explore your introversion.
I offer an introductory online course “Turn your Struggle into Strength: the ultimate introvert guide to being your natural self in an extroverted world”. This 8 module multimedia course takes you deeper into my ‘Oak Tree’ principles to show you how to lose the self-doubt, stay energised and focussed, and stay true to yourself by understanding what you need to thrive as an introvert. The course is self-led, but I’ll give you additional support with live Q&As and videos along the way.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
This was amazing journey, a lot of learnings and eye-opener. And Rachel you made this journey very special for me – it was such a perfect and great experience to have our coaching discussions and powerful conversations! I learned so much and I’m so GRATEFUL to you!
A big shout out to Rachel, she’s really brilliant at what she does, genuine and authentic, present. I’ve loved talking with her and am a little sad it’s over to be honest…..I’ve taken a lot from the calls and they’ve come at a really interesting time for me when I’m questioning what I really want to do with my life and I’ve found a real calmness through my thought processes as a result.
I would like to thank Rachel for helping me out of my comfort zone. She supported me in my moments of doubt and gave me great confidence in myself and my knowledge to progress to new levels. Rachel’s way of coaching is very open, insightful and supporting. I have been able to identify the areas which are very important to me, which I was not aware of before.
With the help of Rachel I have made the changes that needed to be made and realise it isn’t as scary as I thought it would be. She sent me away with practical things I could do to manage my feelings and emotions. I found her to be utterly selfless with both her time and knowledge, she has been I huge source of inspiration. If I had not found Rachel I am sure that I would not be at the stage I am today which has me feeling positively about the future and excited about where it will go.
As a professional pharmaceutical sales person, I have read many books on behaviour, both individual and organisational. Even though I could recognise my own characteristics and behaviours and those of others, I have never been given the tools with which to make improvements and changes. Rachel has given me several tools that I have already implemented to good effect in my professional life. These sessions have given me a totally practical programme with which to improve my day to day life on many levels.
My sessions helped me focus on what was happening in my life rather than the things around me. I have identified me and looked at my life in a different way, which has contributed to changes that needed to happen to get me back on track. Thank you
It has retaught me the importance of work-life balance and I''m much calmer and re-energised as a result.
Absolutely inspirational and helpful coaching from Rachel Anderson. She has guided me through some very tough times and helped my confidence and to follow my dreams. Huge value that will stay with me always.
Working with Rachel was extremely valuable. It offered me the opportunity to pause, take stock and re-evaluate. It was also a chance to reflect on the positives, to acknowledge how I had progressed and celebrate my achievements. It has increased my self awareness, my acceptance of self worth and given me the tools to reflect on past experiences as well as future visioning to help me shape my journey.
Rachel has a natural insight and wisdom that she brings to her coachees making her sessions powerful and supporting others to create the shifts they want in their life. Rachel can support this so readily as this is the path she walks herself and continues to revel in the challenges of transitions and growth.
Rachel provided me with very inspirational, objective and thought provoking coaching, at a time of indecision when I required some clarity with my life-planning. Rachel, has a warm, approachable style, offering very professional techniques in improving self-belief and confidence.
An amazing coach who helped me move forward using all of my talents to make a difference. She helped me believe in myself again to take an amazing opportunity on the other side of the world. With my new found confidence in my talent and abilities the only question I ask now is What if ? Thank you Rachel.
Rachel's ability to ask all the right questions, combined with her emphatic nature and extensive knowledge, makes working with her a joy as well as a revelation. Working with Rachel has given me a new perspective on my career, and changed for the better the way I approach my whole life.
My coach Rachel was Top Class. She challenged me to think differently and gave me the space to be ‘me’, to explore my own self, to be comfortable in my own skin and to become more confident about me and my strengths.
Working with Rachel has allowed me to address those areas of behaviour which had a potential to hold me back and prevent me from stepping up. It’s really helped me find my place of strength and equipped me with tools to help maintain that in situations I find challenging.
Rachel helped me find and complete the most vital part of my recovery from a very low part of my life. I learned to understand the tools I already had and use them in the most pragmatic way to get the most out of my work and life. I also learned it was OK to be me. Rachel also taught me that it was OK to let go of unproductive emotions and move on. I cannot rate Rachel highly enough for how she has helped my advance and be a lot happier within myself.
Rachel Helped me to see what was important to me and that those things could be applied to different areas of my life. I'm in a better position to understand my own needs and what I need in terms of balance in my life. Thank you!
I found the coaching to be a real inspiration for me. The learnings have given me a more balanced approach to everything I do each day and have really made me understand and appreciate the influence I can make to the success of how I manage my business
My signature online course “Stand Sure, Grow Strong” goes deeper still for those who take their self development seriously, exploring all aspects of the ‘Stand Sure, Grow Strong system’– harnessing your introversion for truer success, building resilience, wisdom and experiencing greater happiness and fulfilment. It encompasses and encapsulates the work I’ve done with hundreds of clients 1-1. This is not a ‘quick fix’; it’s deeper soul work for those who are on a personal development journey.