Introverts Network – Singapore 2nd Anniversary Celebration
I am an introvert and I was invited to be the emcee for Introverts Network, Singapore 2nd Anniversary Celebration. It might seem ironic for an introvert to be comfortable with all the attention. However, many performers and public speakers are introverts. A common misconception about introverts is that “introverts are shy people”. Introverts can be sociable people and excellent leaders too. Psychologist Carl Jung used the term “introvert” to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed inward. The modern definition of the word “introvert” is widely-accepted as a person who loses energy being around people and recharges by being alone.
Founded in May 2013, by networking evangelist, speaker and author, Mervin Yeo, Introverts Network, Singapore celebrated its second anniversary at Crossings Cafe on 13th May 2015. Introverts Network, Singapore can be found on both meetup.com and Facebook. As the group’s name suggests, only introverts are allowed entry into this group that prides itself as an “authentic community of networking introverts”.
That evening, I arrived early to find a few members already steeped in conversation. True to the nature of introverts, their conversations were barely audible within that small area. As 50 guests filled the space and got comfortable with their close conversations, I felt disruptive for inviting them to start dinner. Apart from a sumptuous buffet spread, there was a beautiful large chocolate cake sponsored by Judy Koh of Caffe Pralet by Creative Culinaire.
When most guests had finished their dinner, I proposed starting the first game – The Name Game. Each person was to describe himself to his table, using an adjective in alliteration with his name, and one statement about himself. As they were reluctant to play the game within their tables, I prompted everyone to introduce themselves on the microphone instead. Then, I randomly picked people to test if they could remember the name of another guest. A man who did not describe himself with an adjective had his name forgotten. This taught me about the importance of leaving an impression during our self-introduction.
The second game we played that night, was Networking Bingo. It is one of my personal favourites, which works well as an ice-breaker. Each participant received a piece of paper with a grid of 5 by 5. In each box, there was a short description like “drives a Japanese car” or “speaks Teochew”. The objective of the game was to find 5 people who fulfilled the 5 descriptions horizontally, vertically or diagonally across the grid. As soon as the game started, everyone enthusiastically scrambled to play the game. Prizes were given out for the three fastest people. Long after the winners were found, everyone was still so busy playing that they did not seem to hear my announcement to stop. No passerby would have thought that this was a group of introverts.
The prizes for the games were the titles “I Can Connect” and ” Turning Ideas Into Profit”, authored by Mervin Yeo. Another member, Kheng Seng, sponsored notepads with pens as the door gift. Internet marketer, coach and author, Sam Choo, who was a past speaker, sponsored seminar tickets as lucky draw prizes.
The highlight of the evening was a talk on “The Inner Power of Introversion”, by Stuart Tan, a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, coach, and trainer who has spoken to more than 400,000 people. He taught us the Five Key Lessons for Life Success – Mindset, Motivation, Modeling, Multitudes and Mastery. An introvert himself, Stuart shared about the Harvard Grant Study, which found that warmth in relationships correlated with the participants’ income levels.
As with all Introverts Network, Singapore events, the members arrive looking reserved but go so deep into their conversations that they remain beyond the venue’s operating hours. Introverts, which form the majority of people with high IQ, might not be able to achieve their fullest potential because of their introversion. May these events allow introverts a comfortable space to be themselves, to improve on their communication skills, so that their talents can shine through.
This article was contributed by June Lim HZ, a Singaporean emcee, actress and singer. She won the ‘Mrs Community Ambassador Award’ in Mrs Singapore World 2014/2015 pageant. A mother to 3 sons, she believes in living her dreams and continues to pursue whatever her heart leads her to.
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