- In our tip today, we are exploring the differences between introverts and extroverts, and how these two temperaments affect communication choices. Where are you on the scale of extroversion and introversion? Are you far to one side, or the other, or somewhat in the middle? I'm an introvert. And Tatiana is an extrovert. Probably one of the reasons we work so well together. We bring both types of energy to every project that we tackle.
I have a deep introspection and thoughtfulness. She has a seize the day, make it happen attitude. It's a dynamic package. But it also means that we have had to learn to flex our communication styles in order to work together effectively. Here are a couple of quick tips for you on how to best push out of your normal communication repertoire, and give your teammates more of what they need. Let's start with extroverts, like Tatiana, who find themselves working with introverts.
First tip: give your introvert teammates detailed agendas before meetings. Maybe even more than an agenda. Encourage them to come to the meeting prepared to comment on certain topics. Introverts always do better if they've had solitary processing time. Tatiana and I have learned that if we have brainstorming meetings, we must re-visit those topics after I have a chance to sleep on it. My best thinking is likely to come after the initial discussion.
Second tip: get to know your introverted teammates one on one. Introverts, contrary to one of the myths about them, are not anti-social. They simply prefer to socialize in pairs or very small groups. So rather than always suggesting that the entire office go to lunch, invite just your introverted teammate sometimes. Now, introverts. To better communicate with the extroverts in your life, respect that your extroverted peers process by talking.
Go out of your way to engage them. Ask them open ended questions, and let them talk out loud. Don't assume that everything they say is exactly what they mean, or that you have to act on everything they say. Understand that an extrovert verbalizes her thoughts to gain clarity, in the same way that you might sit quietly and ponder, or write out your thoughts to gain clarity. Second tip is to schedule time on your calendar, every day to go visit with extroverted teammates.
Socializing may not be a natural part of your emotional need, but it is for the extrovert. Honor that need for connection and make it a habit. These are just a couple of tips to get you started. The most important step is to ask your colleagues what kind of working environment and meeting settings help them work best, and share your own needs as well. Extroverts and introverts. We can make powerful teammates, when we learn to flex our own communication style.
Just a little bit.
- Understanding introversion and extroversion
- Persuading people
- Negotiating your needs
- Making small talk
- Saying no
- And more…
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Why can't I earn a Certificate of Completion for this course?
A: We publish a new tutorial or tutorials for this course on a regular basis. We are unable to offer a Certificate of Completion because it is an ever-evolving course that is not designed to be completed. Check back often for new movies.