Much of office culture revolves around extroverts. This can make the workplace a difficult environment if you are an introvert. Meetings are often rapid-fire, and people expect you to network, talk confidently on the phone, and meet with clients.
This article gives some excellent advice on how to deal with the discomfort of being an introvert in a world of extroverts.
Most introverts like to take time to process what has been said, and think about their response to it, before responding. The article suggests that you prepare for meetings, so that you will know in advance what your thoughts are about the key topics.
Find other introverts
You can't be the only introvert in the office, so find other introverts who will be supportive in meetings and presentations.
Play to your strengths
Identify your skills. Are you methodical, exacting, independent, observant? Identify the environments where you can use these skills, and where you are most comfortable working.
Finding your comfort zone and the things you excel at will allow you to shine in the workplace and gain recognition from managers for your talents.
If you’re an introvert, you know a few things about yourself: You prefer to be alone or with one or two others. Being surrounded by a lot of people or attending a big party is not exactly your cup of tea. And you’re often preoccupied with your internal thoughts, feelings, and emotions. And, you’re very well aware that this translates to the workplace as well. It’s not that you don’t get along with others or work well with them; rather, you prefer to operate solo or in small, productive groups of like-minded people. You have opinions, but you’re not always quick to share them.