I’m a super proud introvert which means I relish my alone time to recharge after I’ve been hanging with my clients or friends after a few to several hours.
And oftentimes that means when I go to my dentist, doctor, acupuncturist, massage therapist or esthetician, I prefer to sit in a waiting room with enough space around me, away from the other nice strangers in the room so I can relax more deeply.
But what happens when your waiting room is kind of on the small side and you’ve got your chairs squished up against each other to maximize your seating availability in the same way an airline company might do in their budget-coach class?
According to Forbes magazine, studies show that introverts are one-third to half of the U.S. and global population.
Uh, huh. That’s up to 163.5 million people in the US and up to 3.65 billion people worldwide who are on the introvert spectrum.
In The Introvert Advantage, author Marti Olsen Laney argues that level of blood flow to the brain varies highly between introverts and extroverts.
“Introverts, according to the research, have stronger blood flow, which leads to greater sensitivity to stimulation. That’s why you may want to ditch the loud, boisterous party long before your extroverted friends ever will.
And that’s also why a day at home with books, Netflix, or sports can be wholly satisfying to an introvert while an extrovert may be dying to get out of the house.
I think of it as a gas tank. Most introverts like myself start the day full. The tank slowly drains with each social interaction, even if they’re positive. At some point, you’re just empty, and the only way to refill the tank is to get that time alone.
It’s a core part of how you feel, live, and spend your day. Trying to fight it isn’t going to be easy unless you find a reason that’s worthwhile to you.” —Marti Olsen Laney, The Introvert Advantage
3 Easy DESIGN TIPS to Create Privacy in your Waiting Room for your Introvert Patients & Clients
#1: Become besties with indoor plants and place them on tables throughout your waiting room.
Indoor plants have this magic ability to improve mood, clean toxins out of the air and so much more.
They also instantly create a perceived sense of privacy.
Even though two people may be close in proximity (aka sitting next to each other with only a small table separating the two), place a plant on top of the side table and voilà, (!!) you have just created an instant screen!
Say YES to indoor plants and if you need extra help with your green thumb, then visit my Pinterest Board, “Indoor Plants for Wellness Spaces” here.
#2: Don’t overdo it with too many chairs in your waiting room.
Determine how many patients or clients hang out in your waiting room or reception area at your busiest time and then select that amount of chairs.
And if you have enough room, mix up your chairs with a large enough sofa so that when two people sit on the sofa, they have plenty of room in-between to chillax and feel comfortable.
#3: If you’ve got some extra budget to wisely invest in your waiting room design, check out these new waiting room design ideas from Steelcase:
Add some pillows and the appropriate flooring, artwork and lighting and you’ve got yourself a waiting room that will have your patients melting into the experience and sharing it with everyone they know.
When you design your waiting room with both your extrovert and introvert patients in mind, you enhance the experience and your business becomes a nurturing, patient-attracting and referral-generating dynamo unlike anything you’ve seen before.
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