Introverts: The Secret to Using Conversations to Build Relationships
July 4, 2022
Are you an introvert who finds it difficult to engage in conversation with someone new? Are you the quiet one in a crowd?
Perhaps you’re worried that you don’t have anything to say that would contribute to the conversation? Or maybe you have something to say, but it’s difficult to find an opening when so many people are talking?
Here is what I want you to know: You have something to contribute! And you don’t need to be talking in order to participate.
By being a good listener, encouraging others to continue to talk, and showing genuine interest in others, you will leave a more favorable impression than the person doing most of the talking.
At the same time, we don’t want you to be completely silent, right? So, let’s talk for a moment about balanced conversations and a framework that you can lean on to help you find space for your voice.
In my book, You, You, Me, You: The Art of Talking to People, Networking, and Building Relationships, I present a simple framework that can help you create structure in your conversations.
The rationale behind this framework is for you to invite others to talk more than you, which is a perfect fit for your tendency to be the quiet one.
How do you do that? By asking questions to help you learn about the other person before you begin to share something about yourself. There’s a rhythm to it… You, You, Me, You. It enables everyone to share, and it creates a sense of balance in the conversation. You can put this framework to use through the questions you ask.
I’ve put together a guide to help you quickly understand and apply the You, You, Me, You framework. You can request the guide here or use the form below. If you want to go deeper, you’ll find my book helpful.
As Dale Carnegie said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in others than you can in two years by trying to get other people more interested in you.”
How do you turn a networking conversation into an ongoing professional relationship?
Use the You, You, Me, You Framework to easily engage in smoother conversations that leave a great impression.