Why does this blog exist?

That’s me! Photo by J. Michael Krouskop, Belmont University

Blogging makes me a little bit nervous.

See, I was a closet introvert for the first two decades of my life.

In elementary school, I figured out exactly how much I needed to talk in class in order to count as “participating.”

In middle school, I would skew my answers on the personality tests in magazines, making myself appear much more carefree and gregarious.

In high school, I stayed home during football games and pep rallies, preferring to read a new book or get a head start on homework. (Yes, I was that kid.)

Why do I bother telling you this? Because I’m also a journalist and public relations professional – both careers stereotypically attract extroverts as their leaders.

But over the years, I’ve learned to love my quiet side, and I’ve realized this:

You don’t have to be loud to lead.

You just have to be passionate.

It’s not the newest thought, but I am incredibly passionate about public relations. The feeling of presenting a well-researched case study to a client or seeing your pitch on the evening news? There’s nothing like it.

Still, I always thought blogging was for my more talkative friends – the ones who didn’t have time to say everything they wanted to say during the day and needed a new outlet for their extra thoughts. But I’ve found several leaders in the PR universe who are fellow introverts, and they’re starting to change my mind.

So I want this blog to be a place where people can start conversations, no matter what their personalities may be.

How has your personality – extrovert, introvert, or somewhere in between – influenced your career? Click the comment below to share your thoughts!

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About Tara Knott

Tara is a staff associate at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Belmont University, where she studied journalism and public relations.

Posted on September 16, 2012, in About Me, Social Media and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I love that line. “You don’t have to be loud to lead.” In fact, I think that often times, being loud is a poor impersonation of true leadership. In order to lead well, you need to be able to listen, to observe, to integrate a lot of different viewpoints and personalities into one best practice. When you speak, it should be powerful, not because it’s loud or frequent, but because it’s thoughtful. Who practices all of those behaviors more than an introvert?

  2. Tara,
    I know from living with you the past two years that when it comes to this personality characteristic, we could not be anymore different. You really are a super introvert and I am definitely the opposite. However, you are one of the strongest people I know and you make a great leader, both personally and professionally, with such few words and with your quiet disposition. I cannot wait to see your PLN and blog posts which reveal how there are many other leaders like yourself!

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