There’s no dancing around it — the job market is fundamentally engineered to reward infectious confidence and extroverted behavior.  While your low-key personality and keen analytical mind might serve you in good stead within an organizational environment, you’ll have little choice but to get out of your shell, initiate new connections, and try to sell yourself in an assertive fashion if you suddenly find yourself among the ranks of the unemployed.

The kicker, however, is that at least 50% of us have introverted tendencies and roughly 75% of the population reports a fear of public speaking.  So if you anticipate needing to make an employment change in the near future, or feel your communication skills have impeded your career progress in other ways, it might be the perfect time to take action and improve your “articulation” abilities.

Luckily, there’s a world-renowned group dedicated entirely to helping you with this challenge.  Since its inception in a California basement in 1924, Toastmasters International has devoted itself to helping people gain confidence in their public speaking skills and make breakthrough strides in their presentation capabilities.  Here in the Puget Sound area alone there are dozens of different chapters to choose from, all of which can be tracked down through the association’s umbrella website at