Understand when you’re at your best. Learn how to monitor your energy levels so you can stop exerting yourself when you’re past the point of enjoying it, and (conversely) can shine when you’re at your peak. Use your downtime strategically. You may not want to schmooze with colleagues, so you can leverage your downtime in other equally professionally useful ways, such as reading in your field.
- Extroverts, bless their hearts, are like solar panels.…The sunlight of interacting with other people fills them up…and replenishes them continuously…so they want more and more of it.…Wouldn't that be nice?…For us introverts, it's a little trickier.…We have a finite amount of social energy…and we have to conserve how we use it…because it's easy to get overextended.…You can keep going when you feel depleted,…but you're a little cranky,…a little on edge, and with that frame of mind…you're certainly not going to form…the kind of relationships we all want to have.…
The solution for us is to manage our energy.…First, it's important for…all of us to learn to listen…to our inner voice when it comes to socializing.…When you've been out in the sun too long,…you start to get thirsty or a little bit of a headache,…and at that point if you're smart…you know you should go inside because you've had enough.…If you don't, you are likely…to end up feeling ill for the rest of the day…and it is the same with social interactions.…
- Identify the essential feature of introversion.
- Recognize the primary personal cost to consider when prioritizing network events.
- Recall the key characteristic of a useful commonality.
- Explain how to manage social energy while still fulfilling obligations.
- Summarize how to meaningfully engage other introverts during a conference lasting an extended period of time.