Every so often, I pause and think if planning is right for me. It has nothing to do with the other evils of planning discussed endlessly in other threads, but the fact that I might not fit in: Iím an introvert. Most other planners I have met are not, or at least donít seem to be. When I talk to them, they almost ALWAYS insist on phone (even when a simple e-mail would have been enough), and they talk a mile a minute about planning. Oftentimes, they answer all of my planning-related questions before I even ask them. Thatís great that planning fires them up, but Iím concerned I havenít run into a planner of few words.
It makes me concerned because Iím an introvertís introvert. My social life and free time is dismally boring to most people, and I prefer to be alone. Going to or hosting parties is always a Big Chore for me, and Iím more likely to sit in a corner by myself than be the social butterfly.
This doesnít mean I canít be extraverted, and indeed often have. I interned once with a larger financial newspaper to prove to myself I could work with Normal Humans (and am very proud of all the bylines I got). My current job is marketing and public relations (which I love), and I love presenting in front of a crowd and q and a. I prefer working independently, but need brainstorming and charettes to stimulate my ideas. Iíll work a room, but only if I have a clear idea what Iíll gain from it. Socializing and networking is not fun for me like it is for many people?
Is there something about planning that attracts extraverts? Should introverts be wary when getting into this profession?