Dan's remarks about his recent WNY APA experiences were a little disturbing. People finding themselves participating in the wallflower scene at these sorts of gatherings is not at all surprising, but the thing is, Dan tends to be something of an extrovert and that's what makes it a little remarkable.
Based on all the personality type tests that have floated around here and exposure to numerous conferences of these sorts I'm convinced that the majority of planners are by nature introverts. Not extreme introverts, mind you, just introverts. And that's what this thread is about - to what degree are you an introvert or given to exhibit a certain social awkwardness? How do you conduct yourself in various social settings?
- weddings (say you only know the bride or the groom - do you leave the reception as soon as the father/bride dance, or bouquet toss, or garter belt is done?
- family reunions (talking about Big Ones where you meet total strangers you know nothing about except they're related somehow - do you endeavor to find out how everyone there is related to you?)
- conferences (apart from an obligation to network, do you ever approach anyone you don't know to strike up a conversation?)
- retreats (do you ever feel you approach anything resembling a 'comfort zone'?)
- work parties (okay, no one actually likes them, but what percentage of time do you think you spend talking shop?)
- friends parties (are you comfortable enough to ever find the proverbial lampshade on your head?)
- funerals (do you willingly approach some sobbing individual to offer your condolences or does it feel like pulling teeth?)
- class reunions (do you find social intercourse with your peers actually easier now than when you were a student?)