Making Friends And Connections As An Introvert (Ep. 47)

TylerBeing an introvert can suck sometimes.

When I started college, I was sufficiently introverted enough to abhor the thought of introducing myself to new people. I had to be in a pretty social mood to do it.

Today, I’ve become practiced enough at the art of introducing myself that it’s fairly easy… but now, carrying on a conversation after that initial introduction is the big challenge.

Point is, many of us are introverts – and we find it hard to introduce ourselves, network effectively, and (most importantly) make friends. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to.

On today’s episode, I talk to a friend of mine with a lot of experience in this area. Tyler Tervooren is the founder of, and is also an introvert – though it may be hard to believe.

Over the years, he’s traveled to multiple countries, talked his way past bribe-seeking Russian soldiers, challenged himself to talk to dozens of random people, and helped to organize the World Domination Summit – an event that heavily challenge my natural introversion when I attended it last year.

In this episode, we discuss strategies for working through being an introvert, becoming more comfortable with meeting new people, and eventually making friends.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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I love CIG. There are so many useful things I have learned from this site, but I do have one question.

I am hard of hearing. Listening to podcasts is extremely difficult for me. I am subscribed to your Youtube channel and all your videos have closed captioning (which rocks BTW, thanks!). I was wondering if you made transcripts for your podcasts so I, and all your Deaf and HOH fans, could enjoy them.

Mario Lamontagne

Thanks for this. Tons of great advice!

Also, I appreciated that you guys pointed out the distinction between being introverted and being shy because the misconception is still common place. When I was younger, the mingling of these words instilled in me a hopeless mindset, but when I read Quiet by Susan Cain, I realized that they are really not the same thing. Shyness can be changed (and leads to a more fulfilled life), but introversion is more of a trait that you should embrace.

Keep on rockin’!

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