Ponder These: quotes on introversion

Friday is a great day for reflecting on the past week, the week ahead and things relevant to who we are. Introverts, see what you think of the following 5 quotes on introversion: “I’m an introvert at heart… And show business – even though I’ve loved it so much – has always been hard for .. read more

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On February 24th, 2012, posted in: fun quotes, introvert by

Affirm Who You Are

Many business leaders and coaches will tell you to focus on the goals you set, follow through with the initiatives you’re using to reach them and track your results. This is good advice. On top of that – and in addition, is the need for the introvert to affirm who they are. “I am personable, .. read more

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On February 3rd, 2012, posted in: intrapersonal communication, introvert, motivation by 2 Comments

Put a Face on It

The photo next to this post can lead you to way to have fun between you and another for Valentine’s Day. Similarly, last Christmas I had fun with the Jib Jab site (creating jingles that are personified by me and my friends) when I cut and pasted photos of each of my No Excuses band .. read more

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On February 2nd, 2012, posted in: emotional connection, introvert, story by

Face It

For some of us, success is what we fear. The only real solution is to get over it. And by that, I mean, just Face It. Look it squarely in the eye. Learn what it is that makes us shake and then address it. Similarly, many of us fear getting in front of groups. Whether .. read more

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#1 Audience Complaint – Up the Introvert Alley

Cramming too much information into a short span of time You’ve been in these audiences before. You hear the speaker say, “let’s get started because we have a lot to cover”. Motivation to dig in and listen? No. This comment is more like motivation to groan, to tune out, to pull out the notepads to .. read more

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On January 18th, 2012, posted in: introvert, rambling, revising by

Why I enjoy Observing Presentations

Several months ago I began the practice of observing speakers. I posted a plea on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for discovering Ohio-based presentations from folks in my network and have begun finding ways to be in their audiences. Sometimes they make the arrangements themselves for me, sometimes they refer me to the event planner for .. read more

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On January 17th, 2012, posted in: audience, introvert, presentation by

Feed your Introvert Downtime Need

It’s Friday, a great day for us introverts to reduce our stress. If we’ve been out meeting with folks during the day through the rest of the week, maybe even attended a few “required” evening events, we need the downtime.¬†Friday is a great day to set aside “me” time: follow up on the paper trails, .. read more

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On January 13th, 2012, posted in: downtime, exhaustion, introvert, stress by

Inside the Lines

Coloring was a very enjoyable past-time for me as a child. I took my time selecting which crayon color I would use for the patterns in my coloring book, took my time testing out the color’s smooth feel on the page, testing out its ability to evenly display the hue within the lines and, all-the-while, .. read more

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On January 10th, 2012, posted in: doing too much, introvert, managing self, work overload by

When Introverts Focus on What Works

Yesterday I had a rough day. I watched my partner and her kids hit the road for a fun roadtrip while I stay behind to keep the house in order; discovered one of the songs my band has recorded now has only 30% or less of my harmony in it; and began stressing over my .. read more

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On December 29th, 2011, posted in: digging deep, focus, introvert, patterns, pity by

Your Speaking Gigs for 2012

In my theatre experience folks often ask me, “Merri, do you prefer directing or performing?” And my usual response is, “whichever I’m doing at the moment”. I have come to love the craft of the performer – planning for an event or show, rehearsing it, gathering the nervous excitement prior to it’s starting and then .. read more

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On December 22nd, 2011, posted in: audience, extroverts, Fear of public speaking, introvert by