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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."

Welcome to Self-Promotion Middle Ground

“When it comes to self-promotion, it seems like people take one of two polarized approaches,” according to Kaitlin Madden, in her article for MSN Careers with CareerBuilder.com. She continues, “There are those who jump all in and self-congratulate to the fullest (‘Did you hear? I just won Employee of the Year! I mean it’s not like I’m shocked, I did close some huge deals last month.’), while at the other end of the spectrum are those who completely avoid all self-promotion and humbly go through life, taking all precautions to avoid being dubbed ‘that guy who self-congratulates to the fullest.’”

Which camp are you in? Hint: If you describe yourself as a sought after speaker, internationally acclaimed guru, or, worse, a thought leader, notice how quickly your conversation partners peel away at the next social event? If, on the other hand, you show interest in others while letting a few useful factoids about yourself bubble out, you’re in the more palatable, yet effective, self-promotion middle ground.

Stephen Balzac, author of the soon to be released book, The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Organizational Development, and myself share some tips firmly rooted in that middle ground in Madden’s new article, “How to Self-Promote Without Being Obnoxious.” If you’re hungering for more tips, insights, and anecdotes geared more for the quieter half, pick up a copy of my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead.

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Ancowitz

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