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Public Speaking for Introverts (Courtesy of Robert F. Kennedy)

“Be yourself. Don’t feel you need to mimic the testosterone level of a motivational speaker. You will look and feel fake. Robert Kennedy never tried to copy Martin Luther King’s rhetorical skills. RFK was soft-spoken. He owned that. And as a result, was every bit as affecting as King.” This quote comes from a terrific Harvard […]


If You’re Not Excited to Get to Work Every Morning, Try This

“Imagine, for a moment, that you could wave a magic wand to ensure the approval and admiration of everyone on the planet, forever. In that case, what would you choose to do with your life?” -Todd Kashdan


Is Introverted Leadership the Secret to Huffpo’s Success?

In the wake of this week’s announcement that AOL will buy the Huffington Post for $315 million, the New York Times ran a cover story on the dynamic duo behind Huffpo’s success. It was called “Big Personality and Behind-the-Scenes Executive Prove a Top Team.” You know who the big personality is: Arianna Huffington – she […]


How to Be Creative (Courtesy of Albert Einstein)

Albert Einstein:  “I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork; for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding.” I understand precious little of Einstein’s theory of relativity, but I’ve learned a lot […]


Why Our Leaders Aren’t More Creative (and What to Do About It)

We are in love with the word “Eureka,” and for good reason.  Creativity is magic: the ability to create something out of nothing, to make connections that others don’t see. Everyone wants to be more creative.  Everyone wants to work for, or invest in, the world’s most creative companies. Especially today. CEOs rank creativity as […]


8 Negotiation Tips For Introverts

On Monday night, I gave a negotiation seminar at the Harvard Club in New York City. Since there were many introverts in the audience, we spent a lot of time talking about how to turn introverts’ perceived weaknesses into strengths. Here is a sneak peek of our discussion: First, we did a warm-up exercise in […]


5 Tips For Finding Work You Love

In my last post, I talked about how introverts often spend so much of their lives conforming to extroverted norms, that by the time they choose a career, it feels perfectly normal to ignore their own preferences. So here are five tips on how to find work you love: 1.  Pay attention to what you […]

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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