I thought I had finally struck gold. For the first time in my professional life, I was on a team of introverts. Could there be anything better? No small talk or forced socialization. Just thoughtful, quiet people who don’t suck you dry of all your energy.
Wow, was I fooled.
A team of all introverts is the most difficult thing to work with. Ever. Worse than a whole room full of extroverts.
Because we’re all quiet.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my team. All the guys are great, and each contributes a lot of the projects we work on. There are a plenty of accumulated brains in the group.
We chat, tease and enjoy each other, one on one. We can even joke a little out loud over the phone in team meetings. But once we get down to the nitty gritty of business, the talk stops. Completely. Except for the host of the meeting. Just like in the graphic, we’re all in our own thought bubbles, but no one is speaking out loud.
Quiet. Silence. Pensive dead air.
Then we end the meeting… and the emails and texts start flying with all the ideas and comments that should have happened out loud during the meeting.
Now I know the frustration that extroverts feel when they have to interact with us. The worst part of it is, I don’t know what to do about it. If anyone has any great ideas, please pass them along, because I’m stumped. How do you get introverts to speak up in a meeting filled with introverts?
And hope that you never end up on a team of all introverts.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.