Perhaps the most common way these differences come to a head is in meeting preparation and administration. Introverts need time to think deeply about material in advance of a meeting. Alternatively, extroverts get more from processing the material in the presence of others, getting clarification or engaging in side-bar conversations in the moment.
Advice for Extroverts Working with Introverts
- Don’t assume that introverts are uninterested during meetings. They just choose their moments.
- Give introverts time to recharge. If they opt out of opportunities to interact it might be because they are more comfortable interacting with a select few, or need to protect their energy levels.
- Give introverts materials in advance. They’ll have a much higher likelihood of contributing effectively during team sessions.
Advice for Introverts Working with Extroverts
- Don’t categorize extroverts as being overbearing during meetings. It’s not a character flaw; that’s how they feel comfortable adding value.
- Don’t ignore extroverts. The stimulation helps them thrive. Be a good teammate and participate as best you can, but also be sure to take care of your own energy.
- Don’t check out when extroverts want to generate and debate ideas during team sessions. Although it may be energy-depleting, extroverts need this interaction to work effectively.
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Written by: Scott Dust Originally appeared on Psychology Today Republished with permission.