Browsing: My Year of Speaking Dangerously

Words to Live By — Courtesy of Lady Gaga

“When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year old girl. Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.’” (This quote was passed on by the incomparable Debbie Stier, of The Perfect Score Project.)


Who Are Your Favorite Speakers, and Why Does It Matter? (QUIET Revolution, Week Three)

Last week, I attended a special meeting of my Toastmasters Club. We watched videos of the top seven contestants in the World Toastmasters Championship, then discussed their speeches. Every one of the speakers had terrific presence, vocal variety, and control of their movements and gestures. I learned a lot from watching them. Yet with a […]


10 Public Speaking Tips (Plus a Few Questions about Your Year of Speaking Dangerously)

For those participating in the Year of Speaking Dangerously: how’s it going so far? Last week’s assignment was to locate a Toastmasters group near you. This week’s is to attend your first meeting, if you haven’t done so already. Please let us know how it’s going, whether you’ve done nothing more than visited the Toastmasters […]


The QUIET Revolution, Day One: It’s Time to Start Your Year of Speaking Dangerously

Do you want to become the best and bravest public speaker you can be? Here’s your chance, inspired and supported by other readers of this blog.


Want to Participate in the Quiet Revolution? Here Are a Few Questions For You

What would it look like if we could really make our culture more balanced between action and contemplation, between introverts and extroverts? What if we started in our own lives? What if we did it TODAY? I propose that readers of this site work together to make concrete changes in our personal lives — changes […]


If He Can Do It (Public Speaking), So Can You

If you fear public speaking, this story will inspire you. (It was posted on my Psychology Today blog, in response to my article on “Why You Fear Public Speaking, And What To Do About It.“) “My story is that I started out with SEVERE communication apprehension. It was so bad in my early twenties that […]


Five Ways To Beat Performance Anxiety

This post is in honor of my friend Daphna Stern, who will be singing at a benefit this weekend. Daphna is kind and radiant, and she has a naturally regal bearing and gorgeous voice. And yet, and yet, she’s shy, especially at the microphone. She asked me for tips on beating performance anxiety. My first […]

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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