I totally connected with this description of life as an introvert:

Introverts benefit from familiar touchstones. For me, a feeling of familiarity with a situation helps me engage in the situation in an effective manner. So I always try to be familiar with the material I’m covering in every meeting. If I’m attending a conference or a venue where I’m surrounded by strangers, I like to visit the venue ahead of time and, where appropriate, bring a buddy along with me. My buddy is someone who is knowledgeable about the situation we are dealing with and who has the potential to enhance the discussion.

In the end, we introverts never really change our stripes, though we too often put ourselves through painful contortions in attempting to adapt to other people’s styles.
– Douglas R. Conant – (full article at hbr blogs)