Follow the Leader – How this really CAN apply to you

As a child, I welcomed following. When my sister or parents told me what to do, I did it. They did the thinking, I did the doing. In my young mind, following was easy. Now as an adult, I see I sometimes manage a balancing act: sometimes I hesitate to follow and other times I .. read more

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Good reason to have someone observe you

Today I observed a presenter for the second time in a week., the 4th time overall. New presentation, new venue and different presenting style all led toward my feeling of respect for the presenter who cares enough about his presentation impact to learn from an outsider about his patterns. Two days ago this speaker was in .. read more

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Are you willing to be great?

Someone once told me  the following: Every day brings us someone to learn from and someone who needs to learn from us. My first response was, “I wonder if I will be willing to learn?” An introvert who has a history of not asking for help, I have often fallen into the trap of NOT .. read more

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Tips on Speaking Up

For many of us introverts, speaking up conjures images of being red-faced, getting furled brow reactions and even regretting our actions later. Obviously we are recalling times we actually spoke up, whether in defense of ourselves or others, and the feelings associated with it. Feelings such as embarrassment, anger, frustration and even disappointment surface. That’s what happened .. read more

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On August 3rd, 2012, posted in: interpersonal skills, introvert, speak up by

The Value of Just Hiding Out

Last night I went to a networking event that I almost talked myself out of. I had a full day of work without appointments, so it was a temptation not to follow through with the evening event. After a full day of focused work from home, why get showered and dressed for an hour or .. read more

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On May 31st, 2012, posted in: extroverts, introvert, planning, recharge, schedule by

Introverts can rise above it all

One of my favorite childhood TV shows was The Flying Nun, starring Sally Field. Quirky and fun, I loved how the introverted main character defied the odds of daily life in the abby, and smirked through her challenges with a tilt into the wind and willingness to “rise above it all”. Similar to Maria in .. read more

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On April 25th, 2012, posted in: confidence, introvert, judgement, sit down, speak up, stand up by

It’s Okay to Get Feedback

Several of my clients as well as many in my network are on the speaking “circuit”. Whether they are the thought-leaders in their industry or just commonly called on to provide entertaining and informative content, they regularly get on a platform (webinar, panel discussion, presenter, workshop leader) to present content. One of the ways I have been .. read more

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On April 19th, 2012, posted in: feedback, introvert, speaking by

Get the Power

Yesterday I had my second meeting with my mentor, a powerful relationship which started just two weeks ago. Going into the meeting I was excited, for I remembered the feeling I had at the end of our first meeting. At that point I was thrilled. My mentor, Jim, had given me a way to focus .. read more

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On April 13th, 2012, posted in: introvert, power by

6 Tips for Speaking Up

One of the hardest things for us introverts to manage is how to share the chatting in our head with those around us. We commonly observe, compare, judge, and wish we could voice our thoughts. But so often we don’t. We are hording golden nuggets. We don’t want to offend, and often more importantly, we don’t want to .. read more

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On April 6th, 2012, posted in: introvert, public speaking by

Time Out from Teams

Susan Cain, author of Quiet, has a plea to the education community – “Please give students time by themselves to think.” My introvert voice applauds her plea, knowing the refreshment that comes to us introverts when we have the time alone to reflect. We may do well with teams – although we need to accustom ourselves .. read more

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On March 7th, 2012, posted in: classroom, introvert, solitude, Susan Cain, teams by 1 Comment