Candid Conversations: Vivien Mangalindan
Candid Conversations

A Day in the Life of an Extrovert in Isolation

Jan 20, 2023, 12:50 PM
Vivien Mangalindan

Vivien Mangalindan


What is the difference between an ‘introvert’ and an ‘extrovert’?

Definition of Terms, courtesy of Google.

Extroversion and introversion refer to where someone gets their Energy from.

The difference between an Extrovert and an Introvert is:

– Extroverts are energized through socialization and collaboration.

– Introverts receive energy from alone time, or in social settings with much smaller groups.


Do you feel drained by endless zoom webinars and meetings online? Or do you love ‘zooming’ around the world - like I do?

You’ve heard a lot of anecdotes about introverts, but have you bothered to listen to what extroverts have to say? The abrupt isolation due to the lockdown and pandemic was the worst thing that could happen to folks who enjoy being around people. Well, instead of drowning in misery, I decided to entertain myself.


Believe it or not, I truly enjoy socializing online with folks around the world.

– I don’t have to spend on airfare and hotels.

– There’s no need to sit in the airport, and then sit some more in an airplane for hours on end.

– Best of all, it’s the absolute convenience of being able to be with friends, acquaintances and associates around the world at a moment’s notice.

Of course, I miss the sound of laughter... the scent of perfume in the air... and the aroma of yummy food shared among kindred spirits.

But my attitude in life is to do what I can with what I have.


For extroverts, a state of isolation is equivalent to ‘solitary confinement’. Forced idleness can be draining.

Turning ‘lemons into lemonade’.

I discovered that I was able to add value to people’s lives around the world, and enjoy myself in the process.

How? My slogan: Be Entertained As You Get Informed. Laugh and Learn. That’s my simple formula for bringing joy to the world. (Pardon the pun).

Being ‘on-cam’ comes naturally to me, because I’ve been a LIVE talkshow host for over a decade, and an emcee since the late 80’s. (Oops, my age is showing).

1. I coach camera-conscious people to act naturally as the world watches. Yes, body language, facial expression and gestures matter.

2. The good news is that I am able to teach trainers, lecturers and coaches how to talk in ‘plain language’. Meaning: ‘STOP using jargon. You are boring the audience.’

3. The amazing benefit is that these folks are now able to establish rapport and convey their message in a more engaging, relevant and fun manner.

Remember, you might not care what you look and sound like online… but YouTube is forever! Learn.

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