1. I can’t shut myself up. “Why are you still talking?” is something I ask myself mid-sentence on a pretty regular basis. You can tell the moment you’ve lost someone the second their eyes glaze over and they start going about other activities as though they’re trying to escape what you’re saying. But I just keep talking, and talking…and talking.
2. I have no secrets. I am that much of an extrovert that I can’t keep anything about myself to myself and have to share any hint of news with the world as soon as some poor old soul steps within earshot. (It’s ok friends – I can keep other people’s secrets, I promise!)
3. I constantly overshare. We all know that moment when you’re having a conversation about something embarrassing you’ve all done and you realise the story you’ve just told is probably a bit too embarrassing to share with your colleagues in the middle of your office when there’s no alcohol involved what-so-ever, but you just did. Oh, you don’t? Just me then.
4. I distract other people. Not my greatest attribute, but I love to chat (surprise surprise!) and sometimes I continue to chat when there are more important things myself and others should be doing. It’s not because I’m lazy or don’t care – I just…love to chat!
5. I over analyse things I’ve said. I spoke on a panel at a conference today and on the drive home, I actually repeated some of the things I said, out loud, to try and judge how I sounded to the audience – whether I came across as professional and quirky or just young and a little bit naive. It wasn’t the first time; I actually do that a lot after I’ve had important meetings or made speeches or presentations.
6. Everyone knows how I’m feeling. This is an aspect of being an extrovert I’d like to get more control over. If I’m having a bad day, everyone knows I’m having a bad day, from grumbling under my breath, complaining about things that frustrate me and unintentionally sighing loudly. If I’m happy, I may as well be swinging from the rafters singing a song; it’s pretty damn obvious.
7. I crack jokes at inappropriate times. Around inappropriate people. Got an important meeting? I’ll probably say something I think is funny that, whilst not offensive (and is pretty chuckle worthy), just probably shouldn’t be said at that time or place. Luckily, people get my sense of humour most of the time. Most.
8. I start conversations with people I have nothing in common with. I’m a dedicated chatter. I’ll take on any kind of challenge for the sake of a good yack. But sometimes I find myself in a conversation with someone at a point where there’s no turning back, and while my mind is screaming “Abort! Abort!”, it’s way too awkward to leave, but it’s also too awkward to stay. So we’re just left to just talk in circles about the weather for the next hour, both too polite to just walk away.
9. It’s hard to switch off. Sometimes I don’t want to tell people what I ate for lunch or dreamt about last night. Sometimes I just want to disconnect from the world and take some time out. Delete my Facebook, turn off my phone and just enjoy the company of my own thoughts for a day or two. Reality of actually being able to do that? Let’s just say there’s only so long I can talk to myself before I go a little cray-cray.
10. I can’t lay low. That said, when I actually do manage to turn the volume down or, to put it politely, shut up for a while, people aren’t sure what the heck is going on with me. They ask if I’m ok, worry something’s wrong and keep questioning why I’m so quiet. It’s alright guys, I just don’t want to chat for an hour or two! Ok, maybe you better check my temperature…