This time we have a short video with 15 things introverts want you to know… I’m not reading this book as a conversation starter!
In the Fall ’13 issue of Biola Magazine, Sue Kimber, music office manager, Biola University Conservatory of Music, has some pretty simple/great advice for us introverts:
Always have a good stash of questions at the ready! People generally love to talk about themselves, and one open-ended question on just about any topic (hobbies, family, travel, etc.) usually gives way to subsequent questions. Approach people with a friendly smile and an interested heart, and one or two questions will more often than not spark an enjoyable conversation.
No, that is horrible advice. You are born with the temperament you have – no amount of will or training can change who you are.
I came across a video today on YouTube that, although good was intended (I think), I cringe at the thought of someone telling introverts to not be who they are. To be more extroverted.
This is a brief video, so it’s almost worth watching in its entirety; but I can recap it for you: stop being an introvert. Wait a minute though, because the speaker identifies with us! She is a “former introvert”! So it IS possible to leave your introverted nature behind!
Here’s a short video by a (supposed) introvert with some good tips on using (in a good way) your extrovert friends to your advantage.