Introvert. In∙tro∙vert. /’intrǝ, vǝrt/. Noun- a shy, reticent person. Adjective- another term for introverted.
If you do a quick Google search for the definition of the term “introvert”, the above what that comes up. This definition represents what most people think when they hear the word: a shy person who likes to be alone; someone who is scared to speak in front of groups, large or small small groups. Introverts are often perceived as being loners, preferring solitary work, or having difficulty communicating; these are the kinds of traits people expect, but they aren’t necessarily the case.
This isn’t always the case, however. Introverts are can be excellent communicators. It might not immediately make sense to some, but it’s true. Hundreds, even thousands of studies have been written about them. New York Times bestselling authors have gone on book tours discussing this very topic.
Introverts can make great communicators for five reasons:
- They understand the power of listening. They analyze the situation at hand before choosing to act.
- They pay attention to details, and don’t overlook the smaller elements..
- They pay attention to the bigger picture.
- They’re not anti-social, and most are actually very willing to engage with others; they just prefer to do it on their terms.
- They know when the conversation has come to an end. Most people like to continue speaking until they believe their point has been accepted. Introverts understand that not everyone will accept their opinion, and that’s OK.
Research on the topic of introverts is never ending. It may take more time, but the negative connotations associated with introverts are slowly being lifted, and it’s definitely time to say that introverts can be great communicators.