I am a pretty red extrovert, and I have taken special care in the last three years to be more mindful about my extroverted ways. I have learned to modulate my speech, and move my hands less, when engaging an introvert. It’s taken me years to work on this, but I think I have gotten better. I have a few fun facts to share. These are truisms for me, and might not hold water for you.
1. Thinking about communication is work.
2. You do not have to respond.
3. Pause, and then reposed. (If you are going to do so).
4. Use delay delivery with your email. It also gives you some time to go back and review
5. Enthusiasm can go a long way.
6. A meaningful thank you or sorry is worth its price in rubies.
That is all! Here are some screen caps from “Finding Dory.”
My Fri Fun Facts offers some suggestions for an undergraduate seminar. The department that I am affiliated with instituted a seminar requirement a few years ago. In this time I have noticed that interest in the seminar varies, but one thing is common for many students: anxiety about the seminar experience. I offer some helpful hints..
1. Come to class prepared with one question (or more) that you can offer the class. You need to participate and this thoughtful question can engage you in the discussion.
2. Come to class with one comment to add or share to the discussion in the seminar. The goal is that eventually you won’t have to prepare with your comments and that you will automatically participate.
3. Talk or email the instructor if you have any anxiety about participation and maybe work out a plan with the professor. You might ask her/him to call on you if you haven’t particpated.
4. Your query or comment is probably not dumb.
5. Stop thinking that everyone else knows more than you do. A few might, but everyone else is not more knowledgeable. They might be faking it!
Hopefully these five points will get you thinking and int he mood to participate more in your seminar!