You Find People to Be Both Intriguing and Exhausting

I’ve been working on a talk about public speaking for a few weeks and I open with my worst public speaking experience. I tell the story of how I got up in front of the engineering team at my first start-up and had a full blown panic attack. Slide 7 of 15 – full stop. Couldn’t continue.

Most humans don’t like speaking in front of other humans and for me that situation is only exacerbated by being a self-identified introvert.

Thing is… I like public speaking. It’s a high. I get energy from the room and I’ve never been able to reconcile my introversion with this aspect of public speaking. Good news: outgoing introverts.

From The Muse – Outgoing Introverts Do Exist. Here’s one of the 10 signs:

It Actually Takes Less Energy to Say What’s on Your Mind Than to Make Small Talk

Introverts like talking about ideas or connecting authentically. Fake small talk bores you and drains your life force.

Yes. Right. Totally.

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  1. I love speaking in public *about something I know a lot about.* I look for opportunities to do it! But I’m so introverted I peg the introvert-o-meter.

    When I was in my 20s, I worked part time as a radio disk jockey. It’s the perfect gig for an introvert with something to say: I had an audience of tens of thousands but I was alone in a dark room while I did it. It had an unexpected benefit in that it taught me to speak without a script, and to speak as though I’m talking only to you even though you’re in a crowd.