I participated in Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution webinar at work today. I was actually very encouraged that the training department at my organization set this up to watch as a group. There were nine of us attending the webinar. During the webinar, Susan Cain talked about the Quiet Revolution, and discussed such things as the need for quiet spaces and how to get the most out of meetings, as either an introvert or someone leading introverts. The fact that we were able to attend at work is evidence that the Quiet Revolution is happening.
The webinar was great, but what was even better was the 20-or-so-minute conversation we had as a group afterward. There is still so much misunderstanding about introversion and this was very apparent during our post-webinar discussion. The participants in our group were made up of about half introverts looking for answers and half extroverts seeking to understand. It was so encouraging that the attendees were all interested in learning more.
An example of this exchange occurred when one person expressed her fear of public speaking. Immediately, she was given advice from an extroverted participant of strategies she could practice to overcome her fear – strategies that would likely not be successful for a “thinker.” As the outspoken introvert in the room, I explained that by realizing we may need to think before speaking, and by recognizing that we need to be prepared, have expertise, and be passionate about the topic, introverts can give great speeches. It was important for this person to begin to understand that instead of fearing her weaknesses, or trying to be “the same” as an extrovert, she could use her strengths as an introvert to be successful. And it was exciting to be a part of the Quiet Revolution up close and in person!