I think a lot of young people just don't understand that good conversation requires reciprocation. Here are some tips for anyone who wants to improve their art of conversation. My advice focuses on business encounters, but could be helpful for nearly any situation.
How do you cope with planning an event that is going to make you the centre of attention when you are a self confessed introvert? When you would happily stay at home in your own little world rather than venture out.
For me, being an introvert means that I don't really love leaving my house (I'm a homebody too). So once I realized this, I began to think about all of the ways I could connect with my potential clients without leaving my house.
Introverts are often misunderstood. Are they shy or just require a little more 'me' time? To find out more about the introverted type, I recently spoke with a group of introverts and asked them to tell me the things they did every single day. Here are the five things that introverts do everyday...
When I travel alone, what I learn about is myself. I learn about my own strengths, and I learn about my own weaknesses and insecurities. I've never come home from a trip feeling anything less than a better, stronger person.
Whether it's a fear of putting yourself forward or not wanting to be seen as bragging, the idea that promoting yourself is a bad thing is at odds with the reality that people are looking for thought leaders and role models.
Let's face it. Work takes up a lot of our emotional energy. Add in a difficult colleague, feeling disconnected from your job, or the frustration of being constantly overlooked, and I guarantee that this will carry over into your home life.
The world told me that those who raise their hands often, speak up and engage in the class or in the meeting are the ones who are going somewhere, who have initiative and are team players. Those who go to parties every weekend and have 500 "closest friends" are the ones who matter.
Do you supervise individuals that would describe themselves as an introvert? In many cases, we hold misconceptions about introversion, which can lead to ill-fated supervisory decisions. I'd like to point you in the right direction.