When people hear the word “introvert,” they almost always think “shy,” or picture someone with his nose buried in a book, or with noise-cancelling headphones as her constant companion. And it’s true – we do like our solitude. We not only like it, we need it. But on the other hand, if we’re called to bring an important message to the world, we’re almost required to balance that solitude with celebrity, with putting ourselves out there and being more in the public eye.
Now with the publication of her book (“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“), a highly successful TED Talk, and a whirlwind of publicity, when people hear the word introvert, they’re just as likely to think of Susan Cain as they are to think of the word shy. Susan has had to learn to walk that tightrope between solitude and celebrity, and I’m excited to share this conversation we had about her experience and advice for introverts who want to fully embrace their introvert personality.
Susan shares with us:
- How she worked through her nervousness about public speaking
- What introverts can do to feel at ease in uncomfortable situations
- The benefits of being aligned with your passion
- Why understanding introversion is so important to the next generation
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