Extroverts & Introverts at Work

Some people thrive on engaging with others. If you miss the office and abundant opportunities to talk to your colleagues, you probably fall into this group. Some people prefer to have time to themselves, engaging with other people on a more measured scale. If this is your experience, you might not look forward to going back to an office. 

This week’s video shares some thoughts on introverts and extroverts at work and what that means for your communication patterns. 

Exercise 1

Get your hands on a recorded meeting that you participated in. Try to remember what happened in the meeting, and then check the recording whether this is accurate. Listen to yourself, watch yourself participate. What is your role in this meeting? Do you want to adjust this role? (If not, that’s totally fine, too). How?

Exercise 2

Create guidelines for meetings with your colleagues. You can create these guidelines only for yourself, or bring a group of people together to do this as a group exercise. Some recommendations: 

  • Encourage the use of good microphones. Background noise is something we don’t hear ourselves, while it increases the energy others need to expend to listen to you.
  • Take the first 2 min of a meeting to close all apps and browser tabs (move the links to a text document if nothing else works).
  • Send an agenda beforehand to focus the discussion. Write down the results after the meeting. 

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