Getting a word in edgewise at a meeting with extroverts* can be daunting for introverts. Listening carefully without interjecting can be a stretch for extroverts. Yet we all need to do some talking and some listening to work together productively. How do we strike the right balance?
The tugs on our sleeves are different. If you're an introvert, you feel the tug to solve problems alone in your cubicle, corner office, or Batcave. If you're an extrovert, that sounds like solitary confinement. The tug on your sleeve is to bounce your ideas off others, brainstorming energetically out loud. However, an extrovert's brainstorming powwow can be overwhelming for an introvert. How can you communicate well with those who are so different from you? Here's what I share in my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead:
How introverts can communicate well with extroverts
Come back next week for Part 2 of this story and you'll get tips about how extroverts can communicate well with introverts. Even if you don't need those tips, surely you know someone to forward them to. Meetings will never be the same! Meanwhile, check out "10 Ways Introverts Can Promote Themselves to Extroverts" on Monster.com.
Excerpt adapted from: Nancy Ancowitz, Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead, McGraw-Hill, 2009, pp. 217-219.
*Also spelled "extraverts" by Carl Jung and the communities of the MBTI® and other personality assessments such as the Five Factor Model.
© Copyright 2010 Nancy Ancowitz