As a (strong) Introvert (in the sense that I get my emotional energy from inside my head), I’ve often been asked about the fact that I “do presentations for a living”. With a confused (or challenging) air I’m told: you can’t be an introvert, look at what you do for a job.
That mis-understands the nature of being an introvert (in the Jungian sense); I may get my energy from thoughts inside my head, but that doesn’t stop me from going public with them, when I’m good and ready. That’s the big difference between me and the extraverts around me – they tend to go public in order to get ready.
It’s something I blogged about a long time ago (here and here) and it seems I’m not the only one who finds this interesting. With the exception that my understanding is that introverts comprise much more than a mere 10% of the population, I pretty much endorse everything said in this article:
Mind you, there’s an upside to being an introvert presenter, too…. while it’s true that I’m less able to respond (instinctively) to my audience, perhaps, it’s also true that I’m less easily ‘thrown’ by my audience, perhaps…..