The Hay Festival – introvert heaven?

Hay Festival


This is The Hay Festival, where I’ll be at the end of the week.

This is the first time I’ve been, and I have great hopes.

Actually, that’s quite an understatement.

I’ve not felt this much excitement, nor  emitted such high pitched noises of excitement, in quite the long while.


I’m anticipating introvert heaven.

I’ll be there as a festival goer and also in my capacity as an introverted leader coach.

I’m bringing some special festival coaching sessions. And special offers.

If you’re going, and think you might be an introverted leader, and like special offers you can see them here.


Hay Festival Introvert Poll

I’m also really intrigued at what the mix of introverts and extroverts at the festival will be and so I’m planning on running a poll to find out.

Some estimates have it that we now live in a world dominated by extroverts, 70% extrovert, 30% introvert at some counts.

And this extrovert domination can make it a struggle for introverts to find places where their preferred inner world of thoughts and imagination is valued and can be given time.

If Hay ‘gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be’,

then I believe it might just be an introvert’s paradise.


I’m an introvert and I’m visiting the festival with two other introverts. That’s us off to a high introvert start.

What do you reckon the introvert %age of hay festival goers might be?

I’m going high.

I’m going to go out on a limb and hazard a guess of 80% or higher.


Take part in the poll, say whether you’re an introvert or extrovert and let’s find out.

* Go here if you’re not sure what kind of ‘vert’ you are.


And for fun, and because I’m quite the giddy kipper at the prospect of my first Hay Festival,

I’m giving away a  PRIZE 

An Introverted Gifts 1:1 telephone coaching session

The person who guesses closest to the poll results of what percentage of Hay Festival goers are introverts, will win a free session worth £75, so include your details when you take part in the poll so I can let you know if you’ve won.

The session will be transferrable to your favourite introvert if you don’t want it for yourself. I’m also open to tailoring a session to   your needs whether they’re introverted ones or not.

*If you’re not sure whether you’re an introvert, Susan Cain, the author of  “Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking”, has devised a quick questionaire to establish whether you’re, introvert, extrovert or in the middle, ambivert.

You can find it online here or come and find me, with my Harris Tweed handbag, at the festival for a hard copy.


Take part in the Poll

Once you know what you are, there are three ways to take part in the poll.

You can

1. Tweet me

@paulineesson using the poll hashtag and your name, your preference, your hay introvert estimate.

Eg @paulineesson #hayintrovertpoll Your name, I’m an introvert/extrovert/ambivert, I estimate x%age introverts at #hayfestival


2. Leave a comment here at the blog

Scroll down to the end of this page to ‘Post a Comment’ and write in the comments box.

Leave Your name and Email address, I’m an introvert/extrovert/ambivert, I estimate x%age introverts at Hay


3. Come and thrust a piece of  paper with aforementioned details into my Harris Tweed handbag.

Name, email, I’m an introvert/extrovert/ambivert, I estimate x%age introverts at Hay.


You can find me and my handbag at Richard Booth’s Cafe Bar at 10am, 2pm and 3pm from Sat 25th to Tue 28th.

Maybe better check it’s me, the Harris Tweed handbag carrying, Introverted Leader coaching Scot, first of course : )

You never know how many Harris Tweed handbag carrying people there’ll be at Hay. Maybe that’s a poll for next year.

Harris Tweed handbag

Harris Tweed handbag

Poll results

The poll closes on Sunday 2nd June and results will be published here at the blog after the festival so come and visit to find out .

Or if you sign up for the newsletter (top right corner here at the blog) you’ll get the results delivered straight to your inbox.








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