Sadly, the workplace—and the world—are optimized for extroverts. For instance, networking is helpful for everyone’s career, and extroverts get energized the more they do it, whereas introverts get tired. But there are ways to fight back. It involves self-knowledge and understanding where and how you best connect with others and can share your ideas most effectively.
- Unfortunately, it's true.…The work world is optimized for extroverts, not us.…It's well known that networking…is beneficial for everyone's career,…but extroverts get energized the more…they interact with other people,…incentivizing them to keep doing it.…More coffees, more cocktail parties, more conferences.…Meanwhile, introverts get worn down…and have to ration our energy…or risk getting run down and overextended.…But just because we're living in a extrovert's world…doesn't mean that we have to play their game all the time.…
In fact, doing so would likely make us less effective…because we're forcing ourselves…to do something others relish.…That means we'll either be less effective…or effective, but resentful.…Instead, for introverts it starts with self-knowledge.…Where, how, and when do you best connect with other people?…What ways of relating tire you out…versus those they excite you?…Every person, and that includes every introvert,…is a little bit different,…so these aren't hard and fast guidelines,…but here are three principles…
- 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.