Tag Archives: communication
Relax… It’s Just Small Talk

I spent the past week celebrating the holiday with extended family in the mountains.  With some family members, I had a lot to talk about and catch up on. However, with others, it was a bit difficult to come up with conversation topics.  As an introvert, I generally prefer deeper conversations to small talk, but […]

Appreciating Others

Does being an introvert have anything to do with giving appreciation?  I’m not sure, but I do know as an introvert I think far more than I ever say. And while I haven’t always been forthcoming with appreciation of others, I also know that I have often felt unappreciated or at least underappreciated myself. But […]

Are Introverts Good Listeners?

I hear some assert that introverts make great listeners.  I think this may be too much of a generalization; after all, not all introverts are alike. I think that I am a good listener most of the time.  I want to get to know people better and understand their needs.  I want to get the […]

Challenge Those Negative Thoughts

I was asked to do a short training video and talk about the work I do at my company.  Just two or three minutes, so not a big deal.  I could have given the assignment to some one else, but I had not done this before so thought it would be a good experience. I […]

Take Off The Mask

Halloween can be a great time to pretend to be something different and wear a mask. This can be a lot of fun. Hopefully the rest of the year, you are not wearing a “mask” but can feel comfortable with yourself. For many years, as I struggled with not understanding my own introversion, I wore […]

Do You Comment On Blogs?

  Introverts are not all alike.  We may all spend more time thinking, but we think about different things and feel differently about those things we think about. I know I have a lot of thoughts and opinions about the things I read and research online, although I rarely comment. So I’m curious… In general, […]

Love When Meetings End Early

I attend many meetings at work everyday.  Sometimes they are back to back for the entire day.  It is a little frustrating as typically I am getting more and more to do at these meetings and not getting any work done because of the meetings. Most calendars, such as those in Google or other places, […]

Preparation is Key

I believe that one of the keys to strength as an introvert is preparation. An introvert goes deep in thought and, given time, can come up with some brilliant ideas.  That is not to say that they cannot come up with great ideas on the fly, because they can.  I just know from experience that […]

Six Ways to Find Your Voice and Be Heard

I attended a workshop on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator a few years ago.  Something that really stuck with me from that workshop was that introverts think and then speak, and extroverts speak to think.  And since that time, I have observed this in action over and over again.  As an introvert, I have often found […]

Keep It Down Over There…

I have gotten so much better at small talk and keeping conversations going over the last couple of years, but I still have room for improvement. I have learned that small talk, while the topics may not be that interesting to me, can be a gateway to deeper conversations.   I also find myself in situations where […]