Engage Your Audiences by Telling Stories

Nancy Goldman, Ed.D., used with permission

There’s nothing like a good story to bring a message to life. Whether you’re giving a presentation, interviewing for a job, or introducing yourself at a social event, having a few stories up your sleeve facilitates meaningful connections. This is especially true if you’re an introvert who prefers to compose thoughts before sharing them.

Following up on my last exchange about storytelling for introverts, with Barbara Ganley and Alan Levine, I now welcome the thoughts of another master storyteller, Nancy Goldman, Ed.D., a colleague of mine at New York University. Goldman helps her students and clients access their leadership abilities through storytelling, creative thinking, and humor. (more…)

Your Time-Energy Balance as an Introvert

Do back-to-back meetings, conferences, and crowded, noisy networking events drain your energy? How can you maintain your balance if you’re an introvert? David Hall has the answers in his new book, Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts. In my interview with him below, he shares time management techniques geared for introverts. (more…)

Successful Teamwork for Introverts and Extroverts

How can you lead a team to perform better amid multiple distractions? New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton answer that question in their soon-to-be-released book, The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance (February 2018). The authors’ found that employees are spending exponentially more time in teams. Yet, how effective are those teams? (more…)

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.

 

 

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