Popular American business culture says that the more someone “participates” by talking aloud during a meeting or networking event, the more “active,” “friendly” and “supportive” they are.
This (erroneous) definition ignores the fact that many quiet, introverted people are also “active,” “friendly” and “supportive,” just in a different way.
In this interview with Barbara Saunders, a “formerly shy introvert,” we discuss:
- What is the correct definition of an introvert?
- What are common misconceptions people make about introverts and why?
- How can you tell if you or someone in your life is an introvert?
- How can we design our training, meetings and events to be introvert-friendly, and maximize their contribution in a way that respects their style
Download the mp3 here:
Some books we discussed on the call:
Gifts Differing by Isabel Briggs Meyers http://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Differing-Understanding-Personality-Type/dp/089106074X
Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto by Anneli Rufus http://www.amazon.com/Party-One-The-Loners-Manifesto/dp/1569245134
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Power-Introverts-World-Talking/dp/0307352145
Susan Cain’s TED Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4