Socializing will feel less stressful if you're prepared. Prepare an introduction or elevator speech in advance so you are comfortable communicating who you are, what you do, and why it matters. You can also prepare a standard suite of icebreakers to fall back on when you're struggling for what to say.
- Introverts notoriously like to think before they speak,…which makes on-the-fly networking tricky sometimes.…One way, then, to make social encounters…feel a lot less stressful…is to prepare talking points in advance…for the most frequently-encountered situations.…That gives you the confidence to know…that you're going to hit the key points,…and you're less likely to falter or freeze up in the moment.…Here are a few common questions, or scenarios,…where it may pay to prepare in advance.…First, guess what?…When you meet someone for the first time,…it is a virtual certainty that they're going to ask you,…"what do you do?"…So there is no excuse for winging it.…
Take the time to develop a response you like,…that feels natural and highlights…some of your unique strengths.…Yes, you could say, "I'm an engineer,"…or "I'm a lawyer," and that's fine,…but the goal isn't to shut them down as quickly as possible.…It's to provide a conversational volley,…so that they can hit the ball back to you.…It's a lot easier for someone to know what to say…
- 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.