My understanding of what it means to be an introvert or an extrovert used to be how people relate to others in a public setting, like at conferences or parties. Introverts are people who primarily are shy and uncomfortable around those they do not know. Extroverts are those when around others; appear gregarious, confident and often thought of as a people person.
In a business sense you tend to know if you are one or the other. Do you find it hard to relate to others you don’t know? Are you the public face of a company or business? Do you feel good around people or seem to feel overwhelm? Functions, workshops and conferences are also an ideal place to see if you come to understand if you are more akin to being introvert or extrovert. You may feel excited by meeting new people and appear to be at ease around others. Or do you feel you need to rev up first before speaking to people and then after a few conversations start to feel tired and an urge to withdraw. If you don’t know why you feel either way, it will make more sense through reading this article.
There are other considerations to the introvert / extrovert aspect as well. Confidence can play a big role in how you relate in the public area. You can be an extrovert and still not feel confident when being around others. You can be confident and relate well with intrapersonal skills and still have a sense of having enough with being around people after a time.
Personal energy states are also different for being an introvert or extrovert. Recently I heard about how energy states can affect people when dealing with others. Some people find they feel they gain energy and look for more when being around people. This is true of extroverts. For extroverts, being in the public space and dealing with others can create a mild form of euphoria. A sense of loss can pervade when a party or function ends and they are alone for a time. With the opposite occurring for introverts, so much energy can is expended by the individual when dealing with others. Often, an introvert if they are approaching a sense of being overwhelmed will need to walk away for a time. This helps invigorate with energy being alone for a time.
Gaining an understanding of your primary state when being around others will help with sensing if you need to stay around if you’re extroverted or disappear from a function for a period of time and need to recharge.
Tell us in the comments if you find you’re an introvert and don’t deal well with people for extended periods of time or more an extrovert and can sense you want to party for hours.