Add to Your #Introvert Reading List

There’s good reason to assume that if you’re reading this as an introvert, you appreciate reading – see There’s Power in New Information. In the past I have mentioned books to read – For the Introvert Reader. Additionally, today I am adding to the resources with more good stuff! NPR and Oprah have focused in .. read more

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On February 14th, 2012, posted in: introverts, resources by

It’s Your Business to Speak

Think of public speakers and immediately extroverted communicators come to mind. They are eager to say what’s on their mind, animated, expressive and energetic – all things that can lend to entertaining speakers. I enjoy the extroverted speakers. I also want to learn and be enlightened by presenters. Here is where the introvert comes in. .. read more

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On February 10th, 2012, posted in: business, extroverts, introverts, public speaking by

Drop an Anchor

There’s a pretty quick way to lose an audience. And that’s with mindless wandering. Many of us introverts have a habit of moving while we pull our thoughts into view, looking at nothing in particular in the room while searching the dark recesses of our brains. Extroverts are full of energy – for them movement .. read more

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Introvert Barrier #2

Give someone a chance to vote on leaders, and if they know the candidates, they would select the introverts. Yet if they don’t know the candidates, their guts would steer them away from the introverts. Why? Based on Barrier #2: perception gaps. (We have already addressed the intrapersonal barrier of introverts with the post Introvert .. read more

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On January 25th, 2012, posted in: Breaking down barriers, introverts, leadership by 1 Comment

Are You Cut Out for Public Speaking?

Earlier I posted a comment on my personal facebook page: “I am an introvert on the move.” And many people who know me well responded, “You aren’t an introvert!” How is it that people who know us well can get such a huge thing wrong: whether we are an introvert or extrovert? Maybe you’d be .. read more

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On January 19th, 2012, posted in: introverts, practice, preparation, public speaking by

Managing the Negative Perceptions

It’s Monday. Planning for your day ahead you realize you are scheduled to attend an internal meeting. And you wish to make a good impression with your meeting participation. You consider, what do people expect of me? That I talk? That I have energy in my manner? That I respond quickly? If you’re an introvert, .. read more

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On January 16th, 2012, posted in: energy, introverts, silence, talking by

Physical Symptoms Don’t Have to Derail Us

In theatre I learned that our body feels the same when we are anxious as when we are excited. Butterflies happen both times. The butterflies we feel moments before the curtain opens – that queasiness which affects the digestive system, that makes our ears go red and our palms sweat – are symptoms that we give .. read more

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On January 11th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, introverts, stomach butterflies by

Introvert Barrier #1

It’s the biggest killer in today’s society: Stress. Introverts feel so much better when we manage ourselves. Until then, we are our own biggest enemy. We tend to let stress do us in. The number one barrier to introverts’ self worth is stress. We need to break down this barrier. As Jennifer B. Kahnweiler writes in .. read more

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On January 9th, 2012, posted in: Breaking down barriers, introverts, stress by

Introverts can effectively build conversation

A few months ago I wrote a post titled, Building Conversation.  In it I shared a few tips on how to move into the conversation-building mode. Introverts tend to listen so much in other’s conversations that they don’t know how to contribute, or build, on what others are saying. Recently a reader – also a self-identified introvert .. read more

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On January 5th, 2012, posted in: conversation, introverts, networking by

The Best Performers are Introverts – Why aren’t you speaking?

It doesn’t take long for me to feel anxious before the curtain opens on a performance I’m in. Likewise, when I enter a space at a conference or meeting environment prior to speaking, the adrenaline and body triggers that are signposts to my nerves are on rapid-fire. In my case, my underarms sweat while my .. read more

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On January 4th, 2012, posted in: introverts, public speaking by