I work in an environment where with my team (5 of us plus the boss) are often away together at conventions or meetings for 3-5 days at a time. I am definitely on the introverted side as in I REALLY need my own space at least for part of the day or evening. I dread these meetings and when I am there I try to avoid people and sneak off (which I know does not go unnoticed and can come across as at best, antisocial and at worst just rude/very strange), and when the meetings are over I am absolutely exhausted (I definitely get my energy from being on my own and recharging). Up until now I have gotten away with this behavior, but it has not helped my career and will not help it in the future. But I am really struggling to find a way of dealing with these situations better.
I would love to get to the stage where I no longer dread them (and if I could actually get to looking forward to them, that would be even better) and can handle myself better when I am there. I literally spend my time planning how to escape for a while or avoid going to dinner with everyone, just so I can have time on my own.
I don’t know if this can be fixed completely by thought work? I am sure some thoughts would help? But it would be great to have some practical advice on how to deal with these situations. I know Brooke often described herself as an introvert and would love if the coaches have any advice on this.