Extroverts can defer to noise, words, and sounds when left to their own preferences. As meeting leaders, trainers, and managers we need to honor silence. Whether that is in time for others to think, quiet time for them to write brainstorm ideas, workspace
- I clearly remember the first time that Brenda's…and my personality traits clashed in a public forum.…We had designed an all-day management retreat…in a beautiful venue…and a room of 100 engaged professionals ready…to learn and develop.…One of my contributions was the walk-in music,…a playlist of fun oldies and recent hits playing…in the background and adding to the atmosphere.…The day kicked off without a hitch.…By the second or third activity, it happened.…
Brenda summoned everyone to turn to their workbook…and write a reflection of something,…while I confidently walked over to the music area…to turn yet another fun hit for everyone to hear.…Um, that never happened,…because you-know-who gave me the look.…I thought, "What's wrong with filling the sound of silence…"with some music?"…But for Brenda and some introverts, a lot is wrong.…The background music in a time of thoughtful reflection…is a distraction and an annoyance.…
Really, I had never thought about it that way.…And if I hadn't had a chance to partner up with Brenda,…
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- Examine the meaning of the term ambivert.
- Explore the personality attributes and preferences of introverts and extroverts.
- Recognize the actions that are most representative of introverts and extroverts.
- Identify the actions that can protect an introvert from being exhausted by extroverted activities.
- Identify the actions that can help introverts become more visible.
- Review the actions that can productively temper an extrovert's tendency to interrupt others.