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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."

The Collaborative Art of Public Speaking

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Imagine this: You have just accepted an invitation to speak to an esteemed audience on a topic that excites you, so you feel honored. But soon enough, the reality of actually having to prepare for your presentation sinks in. Plus, your schedule is already packed, and adding one more plate to spin sounds daunting.    (more…)

Window into an Introvert’s World

Jenn Granneman is the author of the latest entrant into the burgeoning field of popular introvert literature. Her book, The Secret Lives of Introverts, is autobiographical, relatable, and filled with strategies to help introverts accept and even embrace their differences with the mainstream. I interviewed Granneman to learn more. (more…)

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out – Part 3

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life(as well as Introverts in the Church), shares important insights for transforming how you listen – both to others as well as yourself. In this final part of the series, McHugh lays out his thoughts on challenges and opportunities for introverts as listeners. (more…)

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out – Part 2

In the first part of this three-part series, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life (as well as Introverts in the Church), differentiates between the external attention you typically offer others (e.ghttps://selfpromotionforintroverts.com/odds-and-ends/laser-listening-paying-attention-from-inside-out-part-1/., through eye contact and posture) and the deeper level of inner attention. He also describes the “transformative power of being heard” as well as the inverse relationship between listening and power. Lastly, he highlights the importance of truly stepping into the shoes of others. In this second part, McHugh shares his insights about how to listen deeply to yourself, including a refreshing way to manage your negative self-talk as well as the importance of hearing what your body is trying to tell you. (more…)

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside Out – Part 1

In our fast-paced, non-stop world, distractions abound. Some are external. Some are internal. Even if you think you’re a decent listener, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, can show you how to go far beyond the typical complement of eye contact, nods, and uh-huhs to connect at a much deeper level with your conversation partners. Imagine how that would feel for both you and them. Consider how it would strengthen your relationships at work as well as in your personal life. (more…)

Improv Muscle for Introverts

Source: Carl Kissin, used with permission

I’m passionate about improv. It’s one of the most valuable skills I’ve ever learned. Improv has helped me enormously in networking, teaching, public speaking, coaching – really all aspects of my career. Summing it up in two words: Life changing, especially for me as an introvert. (more…)

Introverts: Get Hired


Are you an introvert seeking your next gig? Don’t miss Sophia Dembling’s “The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Hired” in Success magazine on what to do before and during an interview. You’ll get tips from me as well as my colleagues Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., author of The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Togetherand Lindsey Plewa-Schottland, associate director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College in New York. The article also offers tips for interviewers.

 

 

Listen: Your Quietest Strength

qz8nhsig_400x400What does it mean to be a good listener, and are you one? Check out “Are Introverts The Best Listeners?” by Rachel Nuwer for Audible Range.

Reflections on the Rise of the Introvert Movement

Sophia Dembling, used with permission

Remember when it was a curse to admit that you were an introvert amid all the judgment you would face? The increasingly popular introvert movement in recent years has raised awareness of the normalcy of introversion. One of the leaders of that movement is Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert’s Way and most recently Introverts in Love(among a fascinating array of other books); she also pens the Introvert’s Corner blog for Psychology Today. With the advent of more and more books and blogs for and about introverts, we now have a wealth of tips and tools to thrive in a noisy world and are increasingly seen as productive members of the workplace and society. Dembling and I will take this year-end moment to reflect back as well as look forward together on behalf of other introverts.

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About Face: Unleashing Your Inner Basset Hound

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Picture this: You’re sitting at a meeting at work, talking about something pleasant, and most of your colleagues are smiling and laughing, except one, who rarely shows much emotion on her face. The boss asks her, “Are you okay?” and the colleague shrugs and mutters, “Yes.” (more…)

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