Splash, an introvers guide to being seen, heard and remembered
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The following question come up on a regular basis. Some of them have short answers, some of them take a lot more space than we have. If you need any more information, please us directly.

Q: What's the big difference between an introvert and an extravert?

A: The terms introversion and extraversion were introduced by Carl Jung. Simply put, the source of an introvert's energy is internal, and they tend to focus their energy and attention inwardly. An extravert is just the opposite. They draw energy from things outside themselves, and they focus their energy and attention there too.

Q: Is there a difference between being shy and being introverted?

A: Big time! Introverts choose solitary over social activities by preference, whereas shy people avoid social encounters out of fear. And, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, there are shy extraverts!

Q: I've read lots of stuff about being more assertive, networking, effective communications and shyness, what's different about Splash?

A: Subject matter experts and authors on these topics tend to be extraverts, and not surprisingly, their content tends to suit best those who share that orientation.

Splash is different in a number of ways:

It's written by an introvert (that's me) with input from other introverts (thank you) for introverts (that's you).

Splash is not a "survival guide", who wants to merely survive? It's about taking control of your life, and making choices of behaviour that work for you and get you more of what you want out of life.

Splash draws on the experiences, successes, and strategies of the introverts I've come in contact with in my business and in my life.

Q: Are extraverts more confident than introverts?

A: This is perhaps the most limiting misconception about introverts and introversion. Extroverting tends to look like confidence. Bold, loud, and sure. But the world is full of confident introverts. It just looks different, and is not so noticeable. My favourite saying on this topic is: " Extraverts appear to be confident, just as introverts appear to be good listeners".

Q: Do I have to become an extravert?

A: No way!! Carl Jung's original theory suggested that we are all born with a natural home-base location somewhere along the extraversion/introversion continuum. He suggested that we could enjoy the best life experience if we develop the ability to slide up and down the continuum with ease as required. It's NOT about becoming an extravert! It's about sliding along the scale at the right moment to the place that gets us where we want to go. That's making a splash!

Q: Is it a lot of work?

A: It's not supposed to be easy, however, It gets easier. Many of the tools and strategies we suggest will not come naturally to you. But neither did riding a bike, baking a soufflé, nor speaking another language, until you decided quite purposefully that you were going to learn to do it. The good news is that as we practice new strategies deliberately, and develop new behaviours and habits, we will expend less energy and experience less and less grief, terror and anxiety than we did for starters.

Q: Do I have to be lumped into one big stereotype; I have introverted friends and colleagues who are very different from me?

A: Right! Splash acknowledges that not every strategy and tool put forward will fit everyone! It's a step-by-step process. Reflection and research into your reality, thoughtful consideration of specifically what you want to be, do, or have differently in your life, then picking and choosing the strategies which will work best to get you there. An important and very useful tool we use is Personality Dimensions(r). With it we explore the diverse variations of the four temperaments and how they affect your introverted experience.

Q: I don't think being an introvert is so bad. Do you see the good qualities of being an introvert?

A: Of course it's not so bad. I personally love being an introvert, and wouldn't change my stripes for love nor money! Introverts have so much to contribute to relationships, social encounters and the workplace. For example, introverts have a great capacity for listening, are keen observers, can focus in on the point, are comfortable with empowering others, can work well independently, think before they speak and, because they don't need to be in the spotlight, they can feel comfortable allowing others to shine. Great management competencies!

The trouble can be that these traits can often be overlooked, misinterpreted or under-estimated. Because introverts are not in your face.

Q: What if I really don't want to be more seen or heard? I just want to avoid it.

A: Perhaps Splash just isn't for you. Those who embrace this are those who are ready to create a different, more satisfying life experience, and to get, be, do, and have more of what they want out of life.

I'm not anti-social, I'm just selective with my energy.

"Carole's book is little but packed with good information. Whether you take the time to do the exercises or just read through it, you will have many 'ah hah' moments. Time well spent  

Craig Homewood
Sales Manager, Royal LePage Real Estate

Read the book -- Enjoy the process

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