While hanging out in a large group of fellow AUG leaders after Barcelona Summit, my best kept secret was exposed. Amid the shocked intakes of breath and the involuntary cries of “that’s Not Possible! I Disbelieve!” It was revealed that I’m an introvert. Despite the beliefs my friends had held, seeing the way I interacted with *everyone* at Summits over the past 3 years, it is deeply true. I’m a well-established introvert with my books and blanket forts.
Not Mine, but ah, that is totally my kind of place!
So let’s establish what being an introvert is to me. While I like, and need my alone time, I am a social creature. I like people! I like meeting new people and I like reconnecting with those I have met before. I even like parties, especially with good music! But I find being in large groups exhausting, and I have to take time away from all that’s going on, either to recharge myself, or just pause and look about to see where I want to be next.
With that in mind, you might wonder how I survive 4+ days surrounded by some of the most outgoing people I know, and the long, people filled days of Summit. Here are my top tips:
In Summary, make sure you listen to what you need. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself, because being at your best, means you will get them most out of the experience. Take time for yourself, make time to do your thing, schedule Spa time, wander though shops, have a coffee in a cute café or take a good nap. Make sure to do things for yourself though out the event.
If you have other ways to make it though a high energy social event, would love to hear a comment from you. If you know some great quiet places to visit in Las Vegas, drop a comment here and if you see me around and want a quiet time buddy, I’m all up for it. Have a great event and see you around Summit.
Kimberly Deal _Columbus ACE_Community Leader
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