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Jonas Gauffin

Introverts may not be the best people to make a presentation to the CEO of the company.

That's just plain wrong. Introversion isn't that you don't want to talk, give presentations or communicate with people. Interaction exhausts introverts while it boosts extroverts.

Many introverts are shy, but imho that's just a consequence of the introversion. Because if you are quiet, people tend to assume that you are shy. When you grow up you are typically around the same people and if those people treat you as shy you will become shy.

I was shy when I grew up, but have worked on it and I never have a problem with speaking up now. I love explaining code, design patterns, architecture etc.

I give talks about programming, have done several presentations to management and CEOs. The difference compared to extrovert colleagues is that I need some alone time before and after to charge my batteries.

Don't use introversion as an excuse to not do those things. Practice makes perfect.

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Leonardo Teteo Author

That's my impression of some interviews I had in the past years, there were some that I strongly believe that they eliminated me because they realized that I was introvert, nothing makes me think otherwise. The first internship I got had a less subjective method giving scores for important aspects and I almost had a perfect score in the technical test and I was not particularly bad in the group interview. This one I said I was introvert, until there I didn't mention it if they didn't ask since it is clearly bad to business, at least around here. My current job interview was the same, I said everything, now I'm more open about it, the environment was also more comfortable to have a honest conversation.

It is not an excuse, I would never use it as an excuse to not go since most of the time it is not an option, I had to do a thirty minutes graduation final project presentation, I prepared for weeks and I was proud of the result. In my first internship I also had to go to a grand stage to present the results of the intern and there I realized that having a microphone to make sure everybody is listening helps a lot in my confidence. I would prepare for it, I'm better at it now, but far from perfect. It is a struggle.