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10 Pieces Of Truth All Introverts Want To Tell You Out Loud

10 Pieces Of Truth All Introverts Want To Tell You Out Loud

Being introverts, we love the world we live in, but we feel misunderstood much of the time. If we happen upon a particularly inquisitive extrovert, these are a few musings and observations we’d love to share. Reading this list will give you fantastic insight into that loved one, friend, or even stranger who can be puzzling.

1. We honestly don’t care to be more outgoing.

Most of the world has this idea that introverts are just extroverts who aren’t fully formed yet. The truth is, we genuinely love being reserved, and it’s part of who we are!

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2. We hate any surprises where we’re the center of attention.

If you’re going to plan a birthday party for one of us, please don’t make it a surprise party. We love your concern and generosity, but don’t bombard us with stimulation!

3. We may know some of your friends better than you do.

We have keen powers of observation for the minutest of details, and we don’t take this for granted. We watch our circle of friends carefully, and we can pick up on things that normally take months or years for other people to notice.

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4. Yes, we need alone time, but that doesn’t mean we’re shy!

We do love our alone time (it’s practically what we’re known for), but we also love meeting new people! We just love having the chance to get an all-encompassing first impression of someone, and to have the same opportunity with ourselves.

5. We don’t like small talk but we love the idea of getting to know people on deeper levels.

Sharing every little detail of what’s going on in our lives and what we think about it at a moment’s notice is something that can make our skin crawl. We simply want the chance to spend quality time with people, because this is what allows relationships to develop on a time-proof level.

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6. We appreciate it when people give us the same level of attention we give others.

We do love getting to know people, which is why shallow conversation seems so fickle and uninteresting! We will deeply appreciate it if you afford us lasting, authentic attention.

7. Having alone time allows us to engage our best when we are socializing.

We’re totally up for a party now and then, but we need plenty of solo time before and after for us to feel A) functional, and B) like we engaged fully and dynamically at the party.

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8. We think a ton about what we’re going to say and how we’re going to say it.

There’s not a day that passes when we aren’t planning for any variety of conversations that may happen. This goes back to how we love deep, authentic communication. We want to present our best thoughts to others, and we’re immensely grateful when this favor is returned!

9. We plan for the future with a depth most people don’t consider.

We think about our future selves a lot, as it’s the person we want to become. We see where we are now, and we’re excited and enthralled with the person we know we can become.

10. When we call you a best friend, we mean it from the bottom of our heart!

As mentioned before, we care a ton about the people we spend most of our time with. If we consider you one of our best friends, it’s an award and an honor few other people will ever be bestowed with!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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