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I have always categorized myself as an introvert despite many of my friends and colleagues challenging me with the thought as my behavior in their eyes has been different. However, the more I read about the differences between introverts and extroverts, the more I believe that I am an introvert. While it may not be a strong introvert and maybe even sitting in the middle, there are a number of factors that have me believing I fall into that category. The one example that comes to mind is that when attending networking events in my profession (which I drag myself to), I scope the room to go directly to people I already know and tag along with them as they network.

Embarrassing to admit but I rarely opening engage in meeting new people. I am lucky that I am approached by many to meet them and once engaged, I do rather well in keeping a conversation. However, after an hour of "working the room," I am exhausted and looking towards the exits without saying goodbye. I am great to attend events as I try not to be anti-social but I do admit to be the first to leave more often than not. I have tried to modify the behavior but it is often repeated.

I had never understood these aspects until I ran into a great author years ago named Susan Cain who writes articles, books and creates content around the importance of Introverts. It was something that made me understand the way I act and instead of trying to avoid it, I embraced it and acted accordingly. I also believe that my introvertedness has helped my career as I have been known to be the problem solver as I remain calm in the eye of the storm. Instead of pushing for ideas, I analyze the situation by listening carefully before stating my opinion. In doing so, I have been able to create solutions that cater to all those involved while maintaining accountability for the decisions.

Knowing my limitations has helped me get past many fears of making a call or speaking with someone I do not know. I have taken some good advice from these discussions when it pertains to networking. First, planning ahead is key as I often have my business cards available and a short opener to explain who I am. I am pretty good at ready people and can tell if I boring someone or not which allows me to move on pretty quickly most of the time. Second, I try to start small and be curious as I find that people often rather be asked questions than come up with something to talk about. Third, I focus on my strengths and am comfortable with that as talking points in any discussion. That often means I listen more than I talk and some people like that. Lastly, the follow up becomes relatively important as many often forget the people they meet fairly quickly. I try to linked in with them after the event and often take what I have learned from listening to share news and articles that they would appreciate.

One thing I have realized is that my journey here on Steem has helped me with this approach as well. In the past, my greatest fear would be rejection and humiliation for trying to engage with people. My time here on Steem has allowed me to realize that while there will always be trolls, most people are good with engaging and building a network. While I realize I am not the most social person, I do have a great respect for community building and helping other leverage their skills for their own benefit which is why I think Steem is a great place to facilitate this over time.

Steem has allowed me to really be on both ends of the spectrum as I often find myself in my comfort zone of being observant and perceptive while reading posts throughout the ecosystem and even seeing the Discords of some of my favorite communities. While I may not actively participate, I take those conversations in mind when I take a walk on the wild side every day to share a post or engage on the protocol. I never thought I would write the hundreds of posts I have here or engage with comments and replies like I have which is why I continue to say that Steem is not only a means to an end but it is the journey that creates the value for us as we learn and engage with the community.

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We are alike in that respect then @newageinv. I also am an introvert. No doubt about it …

”However, after an hour of "working the room," I am exhausted and looking towards the exits without saying goodbye. I am great to attend events as I try not to be anti-social but I do admit to be the first to leave more often than not. I have tried to modify the behavior but it is often repeated.”

Long ago, I learned something in a seminar that has stuck with me. As you say here, you were tired. I found working 20 years in sales and marketing, that I could do it. Actually, I performed quite well. But … It took a lot out of me. For others, they seemed to breeze along, with no problem. This seminar explained this was the difference between introverts and extroverts. For introverts, socializing and engaging like that consumed a great deal of energy. For extroverts, it was the exact opposite. They were actually being energized by it! My energy was draining away. They were sucking it up! 😊 No wonder I would finally leave and, at times, a bit early, while they carried on into the night ...

Interesting your perspective on applying this to our engagement on Steem. I’ll have to give it more thought, as I have always considered it to be a pretty introspective sort of activity. Sitting here by myself, looking at a computer screen, and typing (and mousing … 😉) away …

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Wow! 20 years in sales and marketing is tough for an introvert! I have had the opportunity to try but I think many others are more equipped to get that job done (and take the credit). Steem has helped me realize that we can adapt to any situation if we give it a try.

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Yes sir! But ... In the interest of full disclosure @newageinv, it was a very technical position. Representing two global chemical companies to the mining industry. Most of the decision makers were fellow engineers.

I never would have lasted that long (almost certainly would have never even started) in sales & marketing to the general public ...

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Many human behaviors like introversion/extroversion tend to be spectrums of a scale rather then either-or categories. An individual can be high on a scale or low and the position on a spectrum can also change during different situations or times as well. The person may be introverted in some situations and extroverted in others. For those reasons It's not always easy to categorize a person into one specific position, as in your case. Its pretty cool that steem has helped you practice and hone your skills in these areas of human behavior though. That's pretty cool. I like how you mentioned that you're embracing your characteristics and focusing on your strengths. That seems like the best thing to do really.

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Agree that situations can change behaviors as I have experienced i! Some of my most proud moments have come by be outgoing and taking charge of a situation to get something done!

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I'm a mix of both introvert and extrovert, it really depends on my mood, sometimes I need to recharge my batteries for a few months and just go introvert style, sometimes I just want to go out, have fun, and meet new people, it really depends on my mood...

Yeah, this is what often makes me feel like I am in the middle of both as I can traverse but being quiet and along is my comfort zone.

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I'm a bit of an introvert also. In addition, there is a group of us who often sit in a voice chat and don't talk.. lol

I love conference calls that I arrive late to unannounced as I just stay quiet unless someone asks for me!

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