Business Writing and Presentations
    Wed., Sep. 4-Dec. 11, 2019
    6:25-9 p.m. ET
    New York University
    (graduate course)

    Presentation Skills for Introverts®
    Thu., Mar. 26 & Apr. 2, 2020
    6-8:55 p.m. ET
    New York University
    (2-session workshop)


    How to "Talk the Talk" at Professional Events (free)
    Columbia University Alumni Career Services

    How to Think on Your Feet: Improv Skills for Business
    Co-facilitators: Nancy Ancowitz and Carl Kissin
    American Management Association

    How to Deliver Powerful Presentations as an Introvert
    American Management Association

    Essential Management Skills for Introverts
    American Management Association

    How to Project Confidence with Demanding People
    American Management Association

    Secrets of Successful Public Speaking
    American Management Association


    Tango for Leaders
    For organizations

    Success Strategies for Introvert Leaders
    National Institutes of Health
    (Workshop for NIH employees only)

    Publisher's Weekly
    "Best Books"
    The New York Times
    "Currently winning our race for most intriguing book title of 2009 is the oxymoronic “Self-Promotion for Introverts” by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw Hill). The 'how to' book is filled with tips (rehearse is a favorite). The author’s tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires. But what else would you expect from a book whose subtitle is 'the quiet guide to getting ahead'?"
    The Wall Street Journal
    "…showing how quiet people can turn their innate strengths into an advantage when networking."
    ABC News
    "Best Book Gifts"
    Los Angeles Times
    "Whatever's behind your reluctance to speak out for yourself, this is the first book I've seen with serious research on the topic that leads to a new game plan."
    CIO Insight
    "Must-Read Fall Books for IT Execs"
    "Best New Career Books"
    "Offers a solid dose of practical advice—alongside humorous anecdotes.... Ancowitz shows introverts how to take advantage of the unique qualities and strengths they can offer."
    The Independent Consultant
    "There is great value in this book, whether you are promoting your own business or consulting practice, or just want to be sure your talents are recognized within your larger organization."
    Small Business Trends
    "Written by an introvert for introverts."
    Ft. Myers Florida Weekly
    "'Self-Promotion for Introverts' is a primer on doing just that—helping 'quiet sorts' assert themselves by using their inherent tendencies in the most effective ways."
    Women and Leadership Australia
    "Pitched perfectly. Our rating: 10/10."

“Introvert = Loser”: A Sad Ad on My Book’s Amazon Page

An advertisement on the Amazon page for my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®, says: “Introvert = Loser.” It continues: “Being Yourself is Not the Solution. It’s the Problem. Learn to Change.”

Okay, I’ll change. I’ll try to be more open-minded about ads like that. I’ll try not to jump to conclusions about the inaccurate assumptions and bullying tone. [Introvert’s thinking pause.]

Okay, I tried and I still disagree. The ad plays to the pervasive stigmas around introversion and feeds off your fears. Hey, somebody must be buying the scare tactics. But it doesn’t have to be you.

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Ancowitz  

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3 Responses to ““Introvert = Loser”: A Sad Ad on My Book’s Amazon Page”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    At least being the subject of a critic is to be recognized.
    And this yahoo ads certainly raise once curiosity of the book! This is a positive things that this ads makes you appreciate.

  2. Nick Laborde Says:

    I've seen that ad, it's just a cheap shot to sell e-books. Apparently it's working, they've been running it for years.

    It's a pretty pathetic marketing tactic, especially since the author doesn't disclose their identity.

    I'm glad that there're people like yourself that tackle the subject in a positive way.

  3. Nancy Ancowitz Says:

    Thank you kindly, Nick. We're in good company in the healthy introvert camp.

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