As I write this I’m thinking of tomorrow, when I get up at 5 a.m. and drive to Victoria for the SOHO event at the conference centre. This is an opportunity to hear talks from 8 dynamic speakers offering advice and insights for small business. There are also workshops and networking opportunities. While this is an amazing opportunity, my personality type kicks into high gear at the thought of an event such as this.
My ISFJ Myers-Briggs® personality type starts to twitch when reading about it. My ‘I’ is going, “There will be lots of people there, what if I don’t know anyone, who will I talk to, what will I say?” “Are there places at the venue where I can go and not be disturbed (besides the washroom)?” “Thank goodness I will be alone driving back so I can wind down for two hours.” We are expected to network! What can I prepare ahead to avoid small talk?
Meanwhile my ‘S’ is searching the caverns of my mind for similar situations in the past and how I made it through them. After I registered, I read and re-read the agenda to see what I would like to attend in the program. Over time it becomes clearer, but with more information, it may change. The sequence is important.
How will I know I am not communicating with a ‘T’? They will not necessarily value what my ‘F’ sees in the presentation making conversations awkward. I will lead with the generic, “What did you like about the presentation?” and see the response before putting my foot in my mouth.
Of course, thanks to my ‘J’, my desk is covered in post-it notes for; what to wear, what to take with me, charge the phone, gas up the vehicle, check the agenda (again), set the alarm, reminder to take the phone, take the ticket, take note paper, lay out the clothes the night before, water for the vehicle, restaurants near the conference centre, check the weather forecast, and more.
Then, in spite of my ‘I’ questioning why I want to be with all those people, I went, and the event was fantastic. I met a half-dozen really interesting people but escaped to have lunch alone and go for a walk. The afternoon sessions were even better, and I got caught up in the excitement with those around me.
And, the quiet and the reflections on the two-hour drive home, made the day complete!
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