Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk, Part 2

In this second part of my interview with Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert, he refutes common myths about meditation (e.g., restless minds can’t meditate; a practice of non-attachment results in a zombie-like, passionless life). He also offers helpful tips to engage your “monkey mind” (that internal noise!).

Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk, Part 1

You may have heard the expression “monkey mind,” which refers to the way that our minds are all over the place. To learn more about how to be present with the inner chaos, I turned to Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert.

Let’s Redefine the Word “Introvert”

What does the word “introvert” mean to you? You can find various stripes of definitions, many of which are anchored by the work of Carl Jung, in the introvert literature that has become increasingly popular over the past 10+ years. Despite that, you can also find dictionary definitions with entirely different meanings—some of which further the stigma around introversion.

Write and Be Seen

You’re not big on telling everyone you meet how great you are? How about raising your visibility by writing—also without bragging? Let’s see what Jack Appleman, author of 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing and a fellow introvert, says about that.

Introverts' Quick-Start Guide, Part 2

“I wish that the ability to work independently would be celebrated and valued as much as the ability to work in teams,” says Peter Vogt, author of the new book, The Introvert Manifesto. “We have team-building activities, after all, especially on the job. Why not independent work-building activities?”

Introverts' Quick-Start Guide, Part 1

The Introvert Manifesto by Peter Vogt is the latest addition to the increasingly popular literature for and about introverts. My favorite thing about his book is how deeply he shares from his own experience—what rocks as well as jolts his world as an introvert, and what he’s learned to do about it. Central to that is his useful tool, The 4 Pillars of Introvert Well-Being.

Generation Y: From Team Members to Leaders

How does the new generation of workers transform itself into leaders? In her new book, Becoming the Boss, Lindsey Pollak offers Gen Y readers advice to help them grow from team members to team leaders. Pollak is here to share some of that advice, with special angles for introverts.

Vocal Prowess for Introverts, Part 2

In the first part of this interview, Barbara Rubin, a theater director as well as a dialect and vocal coach, offers insights and tips for introverts about finding their true voice and using it with power and presence. In this second part, she shares more about physical techniques you can use to enhance your speaking voice and manage performance jitters.

Vocal Prowess for Introverts, Part 1

When you think of introverts, vocal power may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, you have the potential to express yourself with your voice fully and authentically—regardless of whether your greatest source of energy is cocooning or mingling, and whether your voice is typically soft or loud.

Beyond Homina, Homina, Homina: Tackling Tough Questions

Those dreaded questions that put you on the spot—at business meetings, Q&As, job interviews, and salary negotiations—can be an introvert’s nightmare. If only you had a little time in your cocoon to collect your thoughts. But often that’s not an option. So what do you do?

Presentations for Introverts: Interactive is Easier! Part 2

In the first part of this story, I shared tips to help you connect with your audience and lighten your load by making your presentations interactive. These tips can be especially helpful if you’re an introvert because they enable you to catch your breath, gather your thoughts, and then share the best you have to offer your audiences. Ready for a few more tips?

Presentations for Introverts: Interactive is Easier! Part 1

Recently, after I gave a presentation, a few audience members came up to me and insisted that I couldn’t possibly be an introvert (could, too!). Why? They said I was “on fire”—fully engaged with my audience. Here are the secrets to making audience interaction a win-win for you, as an introvert, and your audience.

Beyond the Water Cooler: New Way for Introverts to Connect

I love “firsts,” and here’s one for introverts: Georgia Tech is offering its employees the option to join an employee resource group (ERG) specifically for introverts. In our interview, Cheryl Cofield, Tech’s director of culture, diversity and inclusion and an introvert herself, explains how introverts can benefit from this group of people who aren’t known for grouping.

Peer-to-Peer Leadership: A Sea Change, Starting With You

“The individual-centered command-and-control models of leadership are outmoded and must be replaced,” says Mila Baker, Ph.D., author of Peer-to-Peer Leadership. She believes that the top-down mentality is a throwback to the pyramids (both Egyptian and org-chart!). She shares her views on leadership—with some refreshing insights for introverts.

Introverts and Influence: A Dynamic Duo

Introverts and influence aren’t two words that you normally think of in the same blink. Yet, Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., in her book Quiet Influence, turns that misconception on its head. What can you learn about influencing others without necessarily even making a peep? Check out the exchange I had with Kahnweiler on Twitter.

Morph into a Business Meeting Ninja, Part 2

Be creative in how you run your meetings, aware of how you come across, and unstoppable about getting things done (whoever takes ownership). Read on for special angles for introverts, who bristle at the thought of another boisterous brainstorming session, yet excel at mulling over ideas in advance on their own time.

Morph into a Business Meeting Ninja, Part 1

If you're an introvert, facilitating meetings is a great way to increase your visibility by showcasing your work (since you may hesitate to do that normally), make contributions with your well-honed listening skills, and ultimately, build relationships.

Improv for Introverts

Beth Buelow and I share a passion for improv—and we’re both introverts, those creatures who roam the quiet, dark corners of the earth and are not known for speaking on the spot—if at all. Yet, we’re changing that.

Lights, Camera, Action: Show Your Best Self Online, Part 2

Get five more tips to help you speak authentically on Skype, WebEx, Google+ Hangouts, or wherever your online feet take you—once again, with additional tips for introverts.

Lights, Camera, Action: Show Your Best Self Online, Part 1

Pop quiz: What's the scariest thing you can do? A. Handle a barrel filled with angry rattlesnakes. B. Make hairpin turns in a tractor-trailer around a twisty mountain pass. C. Give an online video presentation. If you answered C, this story is for you. (I can't help with snakes or big rigs).

Storytelling for Introverts, Part 2

“Storytelling is made for introverts,” says Barbara Ganley, director of Community Expressions, LLC, a storytelling-for-change consultancy. She adds, “Start small. Tell a story about something on your keychain, say. Tell it to your dog. Your cat. Your kid. Someone at work. Try it out. Fail. Try it out again.”

Storytelling for Introverts, Part 1

“I don’t tell jokes because I can never memorize them. A crucial difference is that a joke is usually someone else’s story. And this idea of 'not being good' is the self-talk that keeps us from trying new things,” says Alan Levine, "top dog" at CogDog It, an educational technology consultancy.

Creative Bliss for Introverts, Part 3

Explore the power of play with internationally recognized artist and personality-type expert, David Goldstein, author of "Creative You" with Otto Kroeger, a pioneer in the field of practical applications of personality type. Goldstein also shares special insights for introverts on firing on all cylinders in their careers.

Creative Bliss for Introverts, Part 2

Join this dialog with David Goldstein, author of the new book, "Creative You," with Otto Kroeger. You'll learn to ace your career by finding the right collaborators to support your creativity, how introverts and extroverts relate differently to praise, and the relationship between introverts, creativity, and time.

Creative Bliss for Introverts, Part 1

What’s the latest thinking about introverts and creativity? What are our strengths, struggles, and blind spots—and how can we offer the world our creative best? Internationally recognized artist and personality-type expert, David Goldstein, will answer these questions and more. He just collaborated on a book, Creative You, with personality-type pioneer Otto Kroeger.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Introverts: 3 Tips for Thriving

When you think of diversity and inclusion, accepting people of different races, religions, cultures, and gender orientations might come to mind. However, another important aspect of diversity is also accepting people of different personality types—and learning to work well with and manage people whose styles are different from your own.

Get Ahead by Targeting Different Personality Types

In her new book, "Personality Power," Shoya Zichy shares an idea that ultimately increased business with her clients by 60 percent during her private banking days. She targeted them using four distinct, color-coded categories, an approach she calls Color Q.

Managing Your Impostor Syndrome

I'm endlessly amazed at how many of my clients and continuing education students share that they feel like impostors. No matter how many degrees and awards they've earned, what level they’ve reached in society’s pecking order, and how "together" they appear, right beneath their perfectly-pressed Prada exteriors, many don't believe they're as big a deal as you might think.

An Intimate Peek into the Brain of an Introvert

Fellow Psychology Today introvert blogger and "The Introvert's Way" author Sophia Dembling and I chat on Twitter about fun, flâneurs, phones, and feeling good for introverts, even if life around you is, in Dembling's words, "a Mountain Dew commercial."

An Introvert's Secrets to Setting Up Shop

Many of my clients fantasize about striking out on their own—saying toodles to the boss, office politics, and confines of company life. Along with that comes kissing their paycheck good-bye. Beth Buelow, the coach, author, and popular blogger who runs The Introvert Entrepreneur, shares insights for introverts who want to succeed at starting and running their own show.

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