- 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.
Skill Level Beginner
- When you're starting your career or switching jobs or companies, you have to connect with others and build relationships. But that's a lot easier for extroverts who crave socializing. Introverts, like me and maybe like you, are fine socializing up to a point, but after that we max out and need to recharge on our own. We require a lot more alone time to recalibrate and replenish ourselves. It's not always an easy balance, when your coworkers insist you join them for drinks or you feel like you really ought to go to that networking event.
But it's important to recognize you do not have to spend a lifetime pretending to be an extrovert. I'm Dorie Clark, and I'm the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, and I'm an adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. It is absolutely possible to succeed on your own terms as an introvert. And we're going to be discussing ways to establish yourself affectively at your new job or company, so others can fully appreciate your true skills and abilities. Let's get started.