Public Speaking and Introversion
Studies have shown that more people fear public speaking than fear death. I can relate to that!
When I started my business in 2002, I was invited to speak about Personality Type and Time Management at a local bookstore, and it was just too good an opportunity to turn down. I was so terrified, however, that I was actually relieved when no one showed up (scheduling it at the same time as an NHL playoff game was probably not the best idea!), even though it meant I didn’t get the chance to promote my services.
Since then, I’ve spoken in front of many groups, both large and small, at a variety of different events. Although I’m still pretty nervous before speaking, once I get up there, I actually enjoy it! In fact, many people express surprise when I identify myself as an introvert. I’m actually pretty surprised myself. The only thing I can figure is that as an introvert, I’m not comfortable approaching others, but if they come to me as a subject expert, that’s a whole different story.
Apparently, I’m not alone in this. In a recent article, Jonathan Fields revealed:
One of my more recent discoveries is that I love to speak. After I’m done wanting to throw up in the minutes before I go on, I feel very alive on stage. Something happens and I get lost in the moment. Not always, but often.
He goes on to explain that it’s what happens after speaking that differentiates us from extraverts. Find out more by reading Flipping the Extrovert Switch, especially the comments.
But before you do, please tell us about your own experience with public speaking. Do you like it? Do it because you have to? Avoid it at all costs?
The Introvert Retreat blog where this was originally published is no longer online, but if you’d like to network with other introverts, join us in The Original Introvert Retreat Group!