Ideas. Input. Insight.
Introverts are all about that.
It was like a voice in the midst. Truth spoke out in the corner of the stuffed corporate meeting room. It might as well have been a scene from a movie where people partially-muted and slowed down; there was a clear tunnel between me and the truth voice and nobody else could hear or notice. I had to back out of that dream-like sequence to get the loud and “overlapper-talkers” to take notice.
Somehow, (at least this time), I was able to draw a silence. There was “clearness” across the conference table. The person in the corner spoke and with each word, the energy in the room changed. It was different, but it all felt more “honest”. And, in those key moments, people listened. Realizations evolved into better ideas and we were off to build something that everyone agreed on – even if we screwed up. True progress soon followed.
And would if the voice was never heard to begin with? (We both know it happens all the time). And because of that, would there be more hours put in having not heard better ways. Would more babies being tucked in miss a parent? Would birthday parties have lower attendance? Or would an unseen text of a friend be unnoticed to have a glass of bourbon with? ;).
Also important is the impact of the bottom line leaning to the red when ideas, input and insight falls to dead ears.
It was evident for me at an early age, that I noticed introverts. I always found myself either helping to bring them into the action on the playground or bonding on a college campus. This helped as I did it more in the corporate world. But now I coach introverts and am constantly learning more to build an arsenal all the time to better help them.