The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving an In-Person Conference

Tonight kicks off our Authority Rainmaker conference in Denver, Colorado, and many of us are terrified.
Here’s the thing: we’re a company mostly made up of introverts.
We all fall somewhere on an “introvert’s scale” that ranges from extreme discomfort in social settings, to mild dread, to slight concern before entering a packed room.
So an event like Authority Rainmaker tests us. It gives us a chance to practice extroversion, even if it’s just for a couple of days.
If your personality leans more toward introversion than extroversion, I have five tips that will help you the next time you need to act like an extrovert on command.
1. Take a deep breath
If you’re a true introvert, large events can make you feel like you’re under attack. You walk into a massive space with lots of people, noise, and activity. It’s hard to know where to go first.
There’s no navigation menu at a networking event.
Before walking into a room like this, take a few deep breaths. And I don’t mean right outside the door, while looking in.
I mean before you even leave your space to go to the event.
Take a few quiet moments to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and center yourself.
After the event is over, you can come back to this quiet place. For now, visualize yourself enjoying the event, meeting new people, and smiling, laughing, and having a great time.
Cement those images in your mind by taking a few deep breaths while you visualize them.
Then open

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