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Getting to Know You: The Introvert vs The Extrovert

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

Understanding yourself is the first part of connecting deeper. Understanding and being curious about all the

ways others function, either the same or differently, opens a whole new ball game to connecting, communicating and meeting your moments with impact. Here, I am addressing the topic of introverts and extroverts, as it is common to think that in our world of Group Fitness, we tend to meet more extroverts.

Let's take a deeper look...

Despite the common misconception that extroverts are outgoing and introverts are shy, these two personality types actually have many similarities. Both extroverts and introverts can be sociable; they just process social interactions differently.

Both introverts and extroverts tend to benefit from spending time alone for reflection and recharging their energy levels. In addition, both value close relationships with a few people rather than having large groups of acquaintances. They also both appreciate meaningful conversations over small talk, but may approach them in different ways – an introvert might relish deep one-on-one interactions, while an extrovert might prefer group interactions.

Here are 3 ways to interact with each type in your next class:

  1. Use words of affirmation...without using words. Perform a movement next to them while making brief eye contact and/or give them a head nod or a smile to let them know you see and support them.

  2. When giving any correction or interaction during class, approach with intention and communicate verbally off the mic.

  3. Respect their spatial boundary and minimize touch: high fives, hugs, kinesthetic cues.

  4. Do not force interaction (ie. partner work, share equipment/space, or continue to ask for response ["I can't hear you..."].

  5. Learn their name and use it in 1:1 interactions before and after class.

  1. Use words of affirmation (publicly and privately) - let them know you see them.

  2. When giving any correction or interaction during class, approach with positive energy and confidence.

  3. Respect their spatial boundary until you have made solid rapport and have their permission to initiate high fives, hugs, kinesthetic corrections.

  4. Celebrate interaction by using their energy to infuse the rest of the class without just favoring them, they will know you are feeding off of their energy.

  5. Learn their name and give them a shout out before, during and after class.

Overall, there is more overlap between the two personality types than most people realize, making it clear that being either an introvert or an extrovert does not make someone fundamentally different from another person, it's simply how you connect with them that makes the difference and keeps them coming back to your class.

What is your most valuable lesson you have learned when interacting socially with Introverts and Extroverts to share with your fellow Gurus?

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