It’s now widely accepted that introvert and extrovert brains are not wired the same way. In high stimulus environments, introverts and extroverts respond differently. These environments trigger a dopamine release. Introverts, for example, are more sensitive to dopamine and become agitated and anxious when their dopamine levels get too high. An extrovert thrives on dopamine, the more the better.
If you are an introvert, then social interactions, even the most enjoyable of them, can feel draining to you after a while. When you are out in social situations, you’re like a smartphone streaming data. You are using up battery. Lots of it. At some point, if you don’t find an outlet, in your case, quiet, you’re battery will run into the red. You’ll feel spent.
Here are two simple strategies to help you take care of yourself and have the energy to get the most from your conference experience.
STAY AT THE HOST HOTEL
Conferences are often in large hotels. If you’re attending one in a hotel. Pay handsomely to book a room in the host hotel. This is a totally justified expense for you. And don’t share the room with anyone. Now you will have a fast, safe haven to go and recharge your battery throughout a full day of conferencing. Even if you can only sneak away for 10 minutes at a time, it could be night and day in your overall performance and experience. With some time to regroup and be quiet, you will be able to engage more, focus more and take greater risks in your networking opportunities.
If the conference is not at a hotel, you’ll take walks or go to the restrooms far away from your own event. Preferably you’ll find one down a quiet hallway to charge. It sounds wacky, but it works. Lock yourself in a bathroom stall and just relax for a few minutes. Just relax in the quiet. I can’t tell you how many of my clients have thanked me for this tiny strategy. Before you leave the privacy of your stall, power up with a power pose. Did you see the post where I mentioned the power pose? Now you’re ready to go out and do a little more conference activity.
What strategies do you have for getting the most out of a the high stimuli experience of the conferences environment?