You don't have to be closeted about being an introvert. Here's how to have a "meta conversation" with colleagues about your work style. When they're aware you're an introvert, your actions are less likely to be misinterpreted as aloofness or disinterest.
- Somewhere between 25 and 50%…of the population are introverts,…but in the workplace, the system is optimized…to reward extroverts who are more vocal…and more social than we are,…but that's no reason to feel embarrassed…or like you're not hacking…or not following the rules you need to…in order to to be successful.…It is entirely possible to succeed on your own terms,…but the first step in that is owning your introversion…and making sure your colleagues understand…where you're coming from.…
If people don't realize you are an introvert…and you keep turning down invitations,…no I can't come out with you,…no I have to miss the dinner,…people may get the wrong impression.…They may think you're not coming out because you don't…like them, when it's just that socializing tires you out,…or they may think you're trying to show off how hard…of a worker you are because you're staying…at the office when everyone else is off-duty socializing.…Of course, neither is true,…so we need to make sure they have enough information…to put your behavior into context.…
- 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.