In the Flow Presentations

Ever feel as though you are the only one who has enjoyed the flow of your topic? After stepping away from your audience, if people say to you, “I can tell you enjoy presenting,” think about whether you let them enjoy your topic too. One of the things I have learned as a presenter is .. read more

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On April 3rd, 2012, posted in: in the flow, introverts by

Social Pressures at Work

This morning I attended an executive breakfast that included a presentation in team building techniques for effectiveness. Ironically, I had just read Susan Cain’s chapter, When Collaboration Kills Creativity from her book, Quiet. The gist I took from Cain’s chapter is, it’s okay to encourage collaboration, but add a healthy dose of individual, uninterrupted work .. read more

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On March 29th, 2012, posted in: focus, introverts, social anxiety, value by

Sales are not Tim’s Gum

One eye-opening experience I had in first grade taught me a lesson about human nature that has stayed with me today. A fellow classmate, Tim – a timid and honest boy- had drifted off into his head, away from the lesson. Our teacher, Mrs. Showalter, noticed this. To bring him back into the moment with the .. read more

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On March 28th, 2012, posted in: attorneys, introverts, sales by

Confidence in Asking

When I started observing jury trials to coach attorneys in confidence and influence, I enjoyed watching opposing attorney communication style and quickly learned a few key things. In general, those who were prepared – mentally and logically – demonstrated the most confidence. But I was thrown by the shift in a confident lawyer’s approach when he/she .. read more

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On March 27th, 2012, posted in: asking questions, confidence, extroverts, introverts, voir dire by

What, no book to read?

It is common to see me awaiting an appointment with my eyes glued to the pages of an open book. My recent choice is Susan Cain’s Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It is full of great research, stories and insight. So when I arrived at this morning’s .. read more

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On March 15th, 2012, posted in: introverts, leisure activities, Susan Cain by

No Need to be Caught in the Middle

I enjoyed laughing at the antics of Larry, Curley and Moe as a kid. Their physical comedy captured my breath and I often seemed to end up with the same expression on my face as the one caught in the middle. Luckily, it was them, not me, feeling the pain of the moment! But in .. read more

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On March 13th, 2012, posted in: introverts, self management, Stooges by

Ease your mind – The Introvert Mantra

Today I defer to the words of others in this post. Introverts, enjoy! All noise is waste. So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low. Wait for attention and then you low words will be charged with dynamite. ~Elbert Hubbard unplug iPodmusic stops abruptlycricket song instead~Dr. SunWolf, .. read more

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On March 8th, 2012, posted in: introverts, quiet style, silence by

We know it’s hard, but…

Yesterday I shared a post on preparing being the key  (Introverts Can Prepare to Step Out of the Comfort Zone) to motivation. This morning the TODAY show put focus on Why It’s Hard for Women to Speak Up in Meetings. The question is, if you know there is a reason for why you behave certain ways, .. read more

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On February 23rd, 2012, posted in: introverts, meetings, speaking up, women by

Introverts Can Prepare to Step Out of the Comfort Zone

Yesterday I wrote Yes, You Can Gain Visibility, mentioning those times when introverts struggle with being seen and still maintaining the introvert comfort. In the article, 10 Ways Introverts Can Get Noticed at Work, Jhaneel Lockhard refers to my favorite author, Nancy Ancowitz, when he says Prepare for the times you have to step out .. read more

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On February 22nd, 2012, posted in: introverts, out of the comfort zone, prepare by

Yes, you can gain visibility

As an introverted business professional, I am challenged by the need to be seen. Maybe not by everyone everywhere, yet I need to be seen by those I am most able to help – attorneys. I need to be visible where attorneys are. Although people who know me question whether I am an introvert, I .. read more

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On February 21st, 2012, posted in: business building, introverts, visibility by 4 Comments