• TOPICS
  • 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."

Public Speaking for Introverts: A Social Media Expert’s Viewpoint

Interested in more insights on becoming a better public speaker? Mack Collier offers his perspective as a social media expert in “The Introvert’s Guide to Speaking,” a recent post on his popular blog. He covers some important basics that are helpful to introverts and extroverts alike (e.g., tell stories), and points to the social aspects of public speaking. Collier recommends, for example, attending meetups or tweetups before conferences. Good idea—as long as you’ve rested up if you’re an introvert. All the better if you arrive with a few talking points or conversation starters. Get to know and honor the right level of social interaction for you—balancing your need for time to recharge and reflect with your need to learn from others and build your professional network.

Collier offers good self-promotion advice about closing your presentation. “Make sure the audience understands that you want the session to be the START of a connection between you and them, not the end,” he says. Collier recommends that you encourage your audience to e-mail you with questions, connect with you on Twitter.

Polishing your presentation skills is one of the greatest investments you can make in your career, whatever level you’re at. So I hope you’re out there practicing this incredibly important skill set by speaking anyplace, large or small, whenever you can. If you’re just getting started or looking to brush up your skills, seek out opportunities to speak, even for a few minutes a week (e.g., kicking off meetings, introducing other speakers). If you’re further along as a speaker, continually build your skills by focusing on one or two aspects (e.g., hand gestures, Q&A) you want to improve each time you speak. If fear is holding you back, get the support by taking classes, hiring a coach, forming or joining a public speaking special interest group at a professional organization, and/or joining Toastmasters InternationalCLICK HERE for Collier’s story.

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