Introverts ‘Think to Speak’ – Extroverts ‘Speak to Think’
Extroverts tend to search for external stimuli in the form of interacting with other people and the outside world to energise them. They prefer breadth over depth and engage with people and activities in quantity but without any depth of focus.
Introverts, often misunderstood as shy and reserved, are in reality often socially well adjusted but choose to interact in a different way and less often than extroverts. An introvert is energised through processes such as problem solving, introspection, and complex thinking. They will not enjoy small talk but will thoroughly engage with deep conversations on subjects that interest them.
So next time you meet an introvert, try to think beyond small talk:
Top Ten Tips for starting a deeper conversation:
- What is the one thing you’ve never done before and you’d like to do?
- Are you someone who follows conventions or forges their own path?
- What achievement are you most proud of?
- What piece of music has the biggest memory for you?
- If you could change one thing in life what would it be?
- Is it more important to be respected or to have control?
- If you had to live without your television, your phone, your music or your books which one would you get rid of?
- If you could ask one question of one person what and who would it be?
- What is the first thing that you notice about a person?
- What three words best describe you?