Communicate like an Introvert: 4 Traits that Create Better Communication
Introverts have characteristics that can make them a great communicator. When we think of introverts, we usually think of someone who is reserved, quiet and aloof in thought.
These are the exact traits that can make you good at communication, especially in a one-on-one setting or a small, intimate group.
If you’re an extrovert, you can learn a lot from the characteristics of an introvert. Look at what introverts are great at and wed those benefits to your communication skills.
Here are four things you can try right now to communicate like an Introvert:
- Communicate like an Introvert by being reserved.This translates to great listening skills. I’m a communication consultant in Dallas. When I find an extrovert as a client, it’s usually a match made in heaven. I’m a great listener and they are great talkers. Listening is one of the greatest skills of a great communicator. Practice intense, active listening skills.
- Communicate like an Introvert by being observant. Pick up on things people talk about but don’t clarify. Zero in on those small details. Ask about them. Take the conversation to a deeper level. Find where you can ask clarifying questions to get a deeper understanding of the topic being discussed.
- Communicate like an Introvert by sharing your thoughts at the right time. If you’re an introvert like me, then you’re in your head… a lot. When speaking with an extrovert, I don’t say everything I’m thinking. If I did, I would need to compete for attention with an extrovert, and I just don’t think that’s a valuable use of my time. But when I do speak, it usually is different than what an extrovert is thinking. You can only say what’s on your mind when they are ready to listen.
- Communicate like an Introvert by being patient. It can take a long time to find the right opportunity when you will truly be listened to, especially if you’re with an extrovert. Listening and clarifying is half the battle. The other half is waiting to say what needs to be said at the right time.
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