Is there an introverts chapter in this convention?
March 26, 2011 9:34 AM Subscribe
Help an extreme introvert thrive at an industry conference.
posted by methroach to Work & Money (6 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I might be presenting at a 4-day conference within the next few months. Problem is, I'm extremely introverted and need pointers/guidance on how to make the most of my trip. BTW, I will be going alone and doubt that I would run into any colleagues there.
I'm not shy about presenting, and have experience with public speaking and facilitation, so that's not an issue. It's more the networking/social aspect that makes me nervous. If I had it my way, I'd just present my stuff, attend the sessions that interest me, and hang out in my hotel room or downtown the rest of the time. Obviously, that's not going to cut it.
I would appreciate any input from my fellow introverts who've had similar experiences. How do I make contacts, 'sell' myself, socialise, and generally act like a normal human being around throngs of complete strangers for 8 hours/day without feeling psychically exhausted every night?
Thanks a bunch, mefites.