Big Events and Introverts

Big events can be tough for introverts.

Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts…” helped provide a definition for introverts. It is more than just about shyness. Introverts tend to have a colorful inner life. They’re not afraid of people per se, but they would prefer quietness to loudness; deeper conversations versus small talk; and they tend to avoid large groups of people.

Introverts love planning and using their minds to prepare for different aspects of an event. We can even be extroverted. But such extroversion has an expiry date. Toward the end of the event, I was feeling tired and overstimulated. I longed for the comforts of solitude.

But I also realized that meeting people, interacting with them, and engaging in conversation is a skill. And if it is a skill, then I can learn it. The way to learn it is to put myself in a position where I can meet people, engage in conversation, and practice! It is not really about becoming a fake extrovert, but acquiring the very important skill of people engagement.