CIP019: An Introvert’s Guide To Cracking Conversation
In this week’s episode of the Creative Introvert Podcast, we tackle what makes for a cracking conversation – and how introverts can, er, crack it.
First of all let’s clarify this myth about introverts being social recluses who hate people.
Hopefully you know that that is bullshit – unless that is the case for you, well, just know it’s not true for all introverts.
I LOVE a good chat with someone. Not even close friends – I’ve been known to enjoy talking to strangers sometimes just as much.
There are a few conditions that make for a stellar introvert conversation – and a few conditions that make for a dire one.
The kind where you want the ground to part and to be sucked in to a black abyss – just to relieve you of the awfulness.
Anyway – the point of this podcast is to acknowledge the conditions that generally make for a great conversation if you are an introvert OR if you’re an extrovert talking to an introvert – some things to consider.
Not every conversation will be wonderful – whether it’s at work, at family gatherings, parties – if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself at one – and general day-to-day activities.
BUT I’m convinced that with these tips I’m about to outline, you’ll be able to steer a conversation into a much more introvert-friendly direction, use your natural introvert strengths to make it even better – and get the fuck out of it if it is really that bad.
What I cover:
- Why introverts are at a disadvantage when speaking in meetings and debates
- What to do when you keep getting interrupted
- The real deal with eye contact
- The top mistake we make when meeting in a public location
- Small talk – how to make it big talk (without being weird)
Laurie Helgoe – Introvert Power
Erich Fromm’s Art of Listening
Alain de Botton – The Course of Love
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