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  • EVENTS

    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)

    PAST WEBINARS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND:

    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

    SAMPLING OF IN-HOUSE WORKSHOPS:

    Tango for Leaders
    For organizations

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

  • BOOK REVIEWS
    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"
    Star-Ledger
    "Best New Career Books"
    POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY NEWS DAILY
    "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."

Work as Play for Labor Day

As we commemorate Labor Day in the United States, I would like to wish my readers from around the world a fulfilling and prosperous work life—one filled with challenges you enjoy and opportunities to make the world a better place in big ways or small, every day. If you’re looking for work, I wish you the clarity to articulate your selling points and the tenacity to go after opportunities you deserve—without ever abandoning your dreams.

Play Like Mark Twain
“What work I have done I have done because it has been play,” said humorist Mark Twain in an interview in the New York Times in 1905. “If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it,” he continued. He added, “When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world.”

Little actions, big results
Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, Ph.D., reminds us how much of a difference each one of us can make. This applies to our work and our play—or our work as play. She tells a Japanese story about how a hummingbird put out a forest fire—and how you can be a hummingbird in your own way.

Get recognized for your contributions
Making your mark is one thing. Getting recognition for your mark is another. Here’s a reminder to my readers who are introverts; this from the dedication in my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead:

“For you who go mum at meetings, get passed up for promotions, and would rather read about the Powers That Be than rub elbows with them. You’re the brains behind the operation, the creative virtuosa, and the walking wiki. You want to make more of a difference in your life and the lives of others—but first they need to know who you are.”

A word of thanks
On this first anniversary of this blog, a word of gratitude to my readers, my audiences when I speak, and my clients for continuing to entrust me as your confidante and thinking partner—you are all making my work play. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you find work that is play too. And whatever your contribution to make the world better through your work and your play, take it from Maathai: “No matter how small it is, collectively it will make a difference.”

©Copyright 2010 Nancy Ancowitz

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