?Using participant-driven process that favors extrovert participation is a disservice to everyone present, not just the introverts,? says Segar. Given that introverts make up about 25 to 50 percent of the population, especially in industries such as IT, it's important to include this group of attendees.
Here are some tips on how to engage the more introverted group of your attendees according to Segar:
- Be sensitive to the needs of introverts at such events by being aware of their actions.
- Create a safe environment by setting ground rules at the beginning of the event.
- When beginning the discussion, ask participants to write down an answer to the beginning questions. This allows introverts to reflect internally and gives them a foundation for participation.
- Create a round-table discussion allowing everyone to have a turn to share and give everyone the same amount of time to speak.