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In her book, The Introverted Leader , Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler introduces us introverts to the 4 P’s: Prepare, Presence, Push and Practice. While she explains how to apply these principles to professional leadership, introverts can tap into Dr. Kahnweiler’s wisdom for social situations as well.
In Part One, I showed how we can use the 4 P’s to get through an uncomfortable party. Now, let’s take a look at another situation that makes me want to hide under the covers:
I don’t know why it is, but somehow talking to someone over the phone makes them ten times more intimidating than they are in person. (Probably because you can’t see them when they’re making faces about you to their cohorts on the other side of the line.) It only makes things worse when the conversation topic is difficult. For example, in high school I had to make calls to local businesses asking them to sponsor an event my youth group was putting on. Not only was I talking to intimidating professionals, I was asking them for money over the phone. This is the stuff of nightmares.
Whew! Survived another phone call with minimal brain damage.
Be sure to read Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler’s The Introverted Leader for an in-depth study on the 4 P’s and how to put them into practice in your workplace.
Check out Part Three of this post on how to rock discussion groups!
What social situations have you waking up in a cold sweat? Comment below!