There is no shortage of written work on the difference between the introverted and extroverted personality style.  From their tendencies in work, play and relationships to which is a ‘better’ way to be there are many theories.  Interestingly, despite this abundance of information, most people are still getting it wrong. 

Join Ovation Communication Experts Shona Welsh and Jan Bailey in this candid conversation about the actual difference between introverts and extroverts and why it matters.  Communication can be a challenge in many or any environment, but when we give ourselves excuses to not improve because ‘that is the way I am’ … well, the consequences can be lasting.  Introverts are not (necessarily) shy, extroverts are not (always) loud and obnoxious and whether you are one or the other it does not dictate your ability to be an effective communicator in public or in private.

Introvert or extrovert | what does it matter?

In a world where celebrity of any sort is heralded, extroversion certainly seems to be in the spotlight, but you might be surprised by how many of those ‘out there’ stars, singers or athletes you admire would consider themselves introverted. These people have stepped outside the stereotype and are an excellent demonstration of dynamic introverts in the spotlight.

Spoiler alert

Whether you tend toward introverted or extroverted behaviour is determined  by where and how you recharge your batteries.  Quite contrary to what has become popular opinion, it has nothing to do with your ability to shine in a crowd, on a stage or in the boardroom. 

In this time of unprecedented stress and strain on emotions and mental health, knowing how you need to recharge your batteries so you can face unusual and prolonged challenges is essential.  By recognizing where you sit on the spectrum, you can more effectively and more easily find ways to energize and be your best self – and the benefits of that are too many to count.

Sandbox has partnered with Ovation to present a series of videos which offer thought provoking conversation, a little laughter and some concrete tools to help you shift your perspective about how and why you communicate the way you do. In a time when physical distancing is a reality, it is more important than ever to feel as though you are able to clearly express your thoughts, fears and hopes. We all know that with face to face communication it is easy to be misunderstood – in times of heightened personal and professional strain and only virtual communication to keep many of us connected, occasional miscommunication is almost a given. Take this opportunity to join Ovation and their special guest, counselling therapist Kimberly Schaschl as they unravel some of the mysteries of effective communication.

About the contributorS:

In their highly interactive workshops, OVATION speaker trainers have helped countless individuals transform their ability to connect to their audience and deliver authentic and meaningful messages with impact. Now, more than ever, communication with some oomph is an essential skill. At a time when our emotions swing from overwhelmed to irrational, our ability to communicate effectively follows suit and it can be hard to remove the anger, frustration or even fear from our voice, let alone from our message … and that can have all manner of consequences.

Jan Bailey BA, MAEd is a communication and speaking expert who has designed and delivered hundreds of workshops internationally on public speaking, stage presence, on-camera presentations, and communication. Along with writing and producing a ten-part career development series of books, Jan’s 27-year career has involved extensive on-camera experience as a television host along with being a long-time professor of communications.

Shona Welsh, BA, MCEd, CHRL, CCC is a communication and speaking expert who has won numerous speaking, writing and learning design awards. The author of several books and designer/facilitator of hundreds of international workshops in speaking and communications, she has held international senior executive positions over three decades. She teaches extensively about leadership, communications, and innovation with numerous universities and colleges.

Kimberly Schaschl BA BEd M.Ed Psych is a counselling therapist who has worked in the field of mental health and education for over 30 years. She has a wealth of experience assisting clients from school age to adulthood on a wide range of mental health and life management issues. She is a registered member of the College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick.

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