Is society an easier place for the extrovert? Business and social situations seem not only easier, but more enjoyable for the naturally outgoing. At least that is often the opinion of an introvert. It isn’t that extroverts agree or disagree – they just don’t think about it. They are too busy just being themselves in an environment that suits them. And that’s great – that’s authentic. The good news for the introvert is that you can feel that way too.
Contrary to what introverts might think, extroverts face their own challenges connecting. Introverts should know that they can feel completely at ease in business and social situations too, and that being introverted can be a strength. Introverts are often naturally equipped to initiate connections because they tend to be good listeners. They also thrive in the one-on-one conversations and that is where real connections are formed.
If you are an introvert, the key is to listen to your own rhythms. Don’t try to emulate your wildly gregarious colleagues; instead, pay attention to what makes you comfortable. Do you get tired after a long night of chitchat? It’s okay to leave a function on the early side, to connect with whomever you need to and then bow out before the shindig dies down. When you are part of a group conversation, do you prefer to listen to others and only speak up when you have something to say? Then by all means, do just that, it’s entirely fine. Here are five tips for working an event like an introvert:
Find the balance between networking like an introvert and stretching yourself. Sometimes being a little uncomfortable is how we grow our skills. As an introvert, you’re in a realm where being extroverted is championed, but you know your own talents and skills. Now you know that you can network with the best of ‘em.