How Introverts Succeed as Lawyers

Is an introverted lawyer an oxymoron? Not according to Heidi K. Brown, author of The Introverted Lawyer: A Seven-Step Journey Toward Authentically Empowered Advocacy. In her myth-busting book, Brown shows how introverts can succeed in a profession known for arguing persuasively and competing to win. She contends that introverted lawyers contribute to the profession through strengths that include active listening, creative problem-solving, and careful legal writing. An introvert herself, Brown is the director of the legal writing program and an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School. (more…)

Be Successful at Relaunching Your Career

Are you interested in relaunching your career after taking time off to raise children, care for elder parents, or navigate personal challenges? How can you get back into the work world, especially as an introvert – or someone who recharges their energy during their quiet time, and who may find searching for a job especially overwhelming? In this discussion with Carol Fishman Cohen, chair and co-founder of iRelaunch, author of Back on the Career Track, and host of the 3,2,1 iRelaunch! podcast, you’ll get tips for easing back into the work world. (more…)

Sell Using Your Quiet Strengths

Matthew Pollard’s new book, The Introvert’s Edge: How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone, offers myth-busting insights to help you excel at sales – without being that salesperson we all want to dodge. To play to their strengths, introverts sell differently from extroverts. I offered a whiff of that in my post, “Can an Introvert Sell Well?” In his book, Pollard goes much further, with compelling stories and techniques you can use right away. He’s here to share a taste of his collaborative and thoughtful – yet highly effective – approach to selling. (more…)

Improve Your Workplace With the Tools of Improvised Theater

Some dangers aren’t really dangerous–not to life and limb, anyhow. Take improvisation, which you actually do every day. Your boss is late to a crucial meeting that you know nothing about and asks you to facilitate. Your computer freezes while you’re under deadline. A hiring manager for your dream job asks you an outrageous question on an interview. (more…)

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…)

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