Do Introverts Make Good Speakers?
This is a very interesting topic that was recently brought up in one of my foresight in technology courses I teach. Many of my technology students are introverts. The Myers Briggs MBTI classifies people as introverts and extroverts. The introvert tends to think before they speak. The extrovert tends to think as they speak. Because of this, many may assume, the time lag preferred by an introvert may not make them the most likely candidates to be a good speaker.
However, really good speakers have spent long hours in preparation of their presentations. This is an ideal way for the introvert to deliver information. They have time to think and arrange their thoughts in a way that comes across in the way they intended.
Classic introverts, like Bill Gates, can deliver wonderful speeches. The problem introverts may experience in the speaking circuit would probably have more to do with the question and answer session at the end of the presentation. At that point, once questions are asked, the introvert speaker could answer things very quickly if it is something they are familiar with and have answered previously. However, should a heckler get into the crowd and ask something way off topic, in that case, it might not be the ideal situation for the classic introvert.
An example of an introverted leader/speaker feeling as if they are under pressure during a Q&A session would be the Mark Zuckerberg video where he had flop sweat.
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