Top 10 Tips for Communicating with Introverts

People Leaders Podcast

Aug 16
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We’ve previously covered our top 10 tips for communicating with extroverts on our podcast and blog. Today it’s the introvert’s turn*. It may well be that you think you don’t have many introverts on your team or in your workplace but that could be because introversion is often misunderstood.

Some think of introverts as shy and/or quiet. This is often the case but these are definitely not universal attributes. See if the tips below help serve as clues for who on your team might be introverted and adjust your approach to them accordingly.

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In this episode:

  • Practice active listening - of course extroverts like it when you list en actively but there is a subtle difference with introverts
  • Think before speaking
  • Respect the need for privacy - This is privacy rather than secrecy, especially when it comes to personal details
  • Speak slowly and calmly...without being condescending
  • Choose a time and a place to communicate with a minimum of distraction
  • Pause and wait for a response
  • Don't come across as imposing or demanding of an immediate response
  • Provide information and allow time for processing in advance
  • Stick to topic
  • Summarize your final thoughts and the direction that you've agreed on

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