How can an introvert get into the zone more quickly when giving a talk? First, quick is a relative term. An introvert’s quick could be an extrovert’s slow. Not that we’re sluggards and dullards—we just need to go at our own pace.
While an extrovert might blast out onstage after schmoozing all day, get a further charge from all the people in her audience, and then give a speech worthy of the Academy, that combination of activities could deplete an introvert, making him feel like ducking for cover. Remember: an extrovert’s rocket fuel can be an introvert’s kryptonite—and vice versa.
Let’s say you’re an introvert who is about to give a presentation to the top dogs at your company, a pitch to win a pivotal deal for your business, or a talk at your first book signing (!). You’ll need to rest up, prepare, and practice to do your personal best. Here’s what else you can do to get into the zone:
For more tips, quips, and insights about public speaking for introverts, see my stories, “Public Speaking for Private People” and “Cool Tool for Public Speakers”—not to mention the chapter on public speaking in my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®.