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The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert Worldby Marti Olsen Laney
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At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.
After dispelling common myths about introverts-they're not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial--The Introvert Advantage explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation-chitchat, phone calls, parties, office meetings-can easily become "too much."
The Introvert Advantage dispels introverts' belief that something is wrong with them and instead helps them recognize their inner strengths-their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It helps readers understand introversion and shows them how to determine where they fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, offering dozens of tips, including 10 ways to talk less and communicate more, 8 ways to showcase your abilities at work, how to take a child's temperament temperature, and strategies for socializing. Finally, it shows how to not just survive, but thrive-how to take advantage of the introvert's special qualities to create a life that's just right for the introvert temperament, to discover new ways to expand their energy reserves, and even how, when necessary, to confidently become a temporary extrovert.
After dispelling myths about introverts, the author explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation can easily become too much. The book is for all introverts and people associated with them.
For the 25 percent of people who are introverts, this book reveals the latest scientific research on temperament and offers dozens of introvert coping strategies for love, marriage, parenthood, work, and friendship.
Susan Cains breakout bestseller Quiet has brought introversion to the forefront of popular discussion. Yet despite the increased awareness, and the high-profile success of introvert entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, there is no book that shows introverts how to harness their natural gifts (such as focused listening and in-depth researching) and counteract their weaknesses (such as an aversion to networking and public speaking) in a business setting.
Whether starting or growing a business or working within a larger organization, readers will find insights on a wide range of entrepreneurial topics in The Introvert Entrepreneur from managing fears and expectations and developing a growth mindset to mastering networking, marketing, leadership skills, and community-building informed by interviews with successful introverts who have learned important business lessons the hard way.
Filled with insights and practical advice, this essential guide will help anyone whos striving to quietly make a difference in a loud and chaotic world.
About the Author
Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., is a researcher, educator, author, and psychotherapist. One of Americas foremost authorities on introversion, she speaks and leads workshops on the topic in the United States and Canada. She and her extroverted husband have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. They live in Portland, Oregon.
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