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Thrive as an introvert in an extrovert world Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and author J.K. Rowling have more in common than being highly successful. They're also introverts. Success as an Introvert For Dummies identifies common misunderstandings about introverts and highlights the strengths often found in people associated with this worldview. Success as an Introvert For Dummies examines the traits common to introverts and the benefits they bring to both work and life. You'll learn: how to boost your confidence ...
Thrive as an introvert in an extrovert world Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and author J.K. Rowling have more in common than being highly successful. They're also introverts. Success as an Introvert For Dummies identifies common misunderstandings about introverts and highlights the strengths often found in people associated with this worldview. Success as an Introvert For Dummies examines the traits common to introverts and the benefits they bring to both work and life. You'll learn: how to boost your confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world; how to understand introversion and where you fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum; tools to improve relationships with colleagues, partners, friends, and children; ways to talk less, communicate more, and showcase your abilities at work; how to deal effectively with parties, interruptions, and crowds; and much more.
• Offers examples of how introverts can thrive in a world dominated by extroverts
• Outlines the positive aspects of introverted personality types
• Provides actionable ways to promote introverted qualities in work and life Success as an Introvert For Dummies is for anyone looking to understand the introvert's worldview and how they fit into a society dominated by extroverts.
Part I: Getting Started Understanding Introversion 5
Chapter 1: Introverted? Good for You! 7
Chapter 2: Are You Really an Introvert? 15
Chapter 3: What Makes You an Introvert, and Will You Always BeOne? 31
Part II: Triumphing in an Extrovert’s Work World45
Chapter 4: Playing to Your Strengths: How to Shine in theWorkplace 47
Chapter 5: Making Your Mark as a Quiet Leader 63
Chapter 6: Keeping a Team Happy and Productive 79
Chapter 7: Becoming a Confi dent Public Speaker 101
Chapter 8: Managing Up 127
Chapter 9: Moving On: Acing a Job Interview the Introvert Way143
Chapter 10: Succeeding as an Entrepreneur 159
Part III: Finding Personal Happiness as an“Innie” 177
Chapter 11: Being Your Personal Best 179
Chapter 12: Falling in Love and Staying in Love 199
Chapter 13: “Cheers!” Taking the Stress Out of BigSocial Events 217
Part IV: Supporting Introverts 227
Chapter 14: Being an Understanding Friend to an Introvert229
Chapter 15: Parenting an Introverted Child 239
Part V: The Part of Tens 263
Chapter 16: Ten Notable Innies 265
Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Making a Networking Event Work for You271
Chapter 18: Ten Things an Introvert Doesn’t Want to Hear277
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Make a Workplace Innie-Friendly 283
Posted January 31, 2014
Most people that meet me would automatically say that I am an extrovert. I spend most of my day up in front of people conducting seminars and meetings and I have a very outgoing personality. However, what many people don’t know is that, in many aspects, I am very much introverted. At the end of the day, I need to go home to that quiet time to unwind from the day. With that being said, I was interested in reading Joan Pastor’s Success as an Introvert to see if I truly fit the mold.
What I learned is that there really isn’t a “mold” for introverts. Each person has their own unique personality and way of being, some just a little more so than others. Most people probably would like to be seen as an extrovert because of the way society often looks at an introvert, but this book goes to show that each type of person has their true strengths and abilities.
Pastor’s book is quite interesting in the fact that I felt like I was reading several books at once; part of the book talks about leadership skills and success in the workplace, while another section delves into interpersonal relationships and communications. I found myself considering why some of my co-workers and friends behave the way they do, and why I may or not be fond of that behavior. There is a wealth of knowledge for anyone, introverted or not, about how to deal with different personality types and draw out strengths in ourselves and others.
Part of my love of the For Dummies series is the “Technical Stuff.” I am a huge fan of facts and research. I like that the author draws upon this to help us come to conclusions and doesn’t bombard the reader with personal opinions. I also enjoyed the numerous personality tests; I am intrigued with finding out not only “who” I am, but the whys and reasons behind it. This book will make any reader be very introspective as they look at their behaviors and those of others. As I am also a lover of key points, the use of lists also made working toward goals or identifying patterns very simple and understandable.
I found the book to be a very interesting read that was both well thought out and well laid out. Pastor laid out the information in a way that the reader doesn’t have to be a psychologist to understand. If you are looking for ways to succeed as an introvert, or just to succeed with an introvert, this is an easy and well-researched place to start.