I was talking to a particularly extrovert colleague recently about a meeting she attended where, for her desired outcomes to be achieved, she needed to stay quiet so that others could lead on the discussions.
At the end of the conversation she said something interesting by exclaiming, “I felt exhausted…..”
As an introvert I am used to feeling ‘exhausted’ at the end of meetings but for other reasons. As I’m sure other introverts would understand the act of engaging with people feels like an energy drain that can only be recovered by some time on my own.
What I hadn’t realised was that others, who get their energy from those interactions, would feel drained by not being able to ‘speakeasy’.
I’m sure our conversation and the hundreds of others she had about the experience helped her to recovery her energy!