“Personal power is all about having confidence in your skills, in your abilities, and in your experience… it’s a lifelong experience to develop that confidence.”
— Keni Dominguez
Can you show up as an introvert — and still get the recognition you need?
My guest Keni Dominguez has always been interested in inclusivity, justice, and equity in the workplace, but her approach is a bit unique: she emphasizes the importance of being inclusive of all cognitive types, as 40% of most workplaces are made up of introverts!
As an introvert herself, Keni is interested in helping other introverts develop the skills that they need to thrive in a world of extroverts.
Many introverts have thrived during the pandemic, with its focus on remote working and asynchronous communication. Many of us have also developed better work boundaries during this time.
Having strong and intentional boundaries is a skill that will serve you well both during the pandemic and once we’ve returned to regular life.
In order to create effective boundaries that work best for you, Keni recommends that you think about where and how you spend the most time, what your energy levels tend to be throughout the day, and what you value most.
Cultivating your personal power as an introvert is also hugely important.
“I believe it’s a starting point to greatness,” Keni says. “When I’m talking about personal power, I’m thinking about it from the perspective of what it means to be empowered in your life, to really just be the leader in your life.”
Extroverts take up a huge amount of oxygen in the room, and we need to be able to authentically speak up and assert ourselves as introverts — we don’t have to show up as extroverts to get what we need!
In this episode, you’ll discover:
About Keni Dominguez
Mindset coach Keni Dominguez helps introverts who identify as black women or women of color find confidence in the workplace, and helps organizations build inclusive and equitable cultures.
00:42 Listener shout-out
01:55 Introducing Keni Dominguez
06:08 Pandemic & work
07:34 Powerful authenticity
11:50 Introverted students
13:50 Importance of personal power
22:32 Email guidelines
24:44 Setting the tone
28:09 Weak personal power
33:51 Keni’s final thoughts
36:27 Lightning round
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