Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Book Review By Speaking Coach Geraldine Barkworth

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain♥ Love This One

Well, this book is an eyeopener, especially for those labelled as shy, anxious, socially awkward, quiet, sensitive, antisocial and hopeless at public speaking!

These characteristics often get lumped together without much thought and with a lot of presumption.

The western world, cheerleaded by corporate North America, relentlessly promotes extroversion personality traits as the norm and the ideal. Natural extroverts are only half the population. Where is the voice of the other half?

“Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Won’t Stop Talking” cheerfully and systematically demonstrates that “Quiet” is as powerful, valid and essential as “Loud”. And that all relationships, personal, professional and communal, benefit from a yin/yang balance of Quiet and Loud.

Personality traits and behaviours do cross over in the spectrum of introversion and extroversion. They are not fixed. Some introverts are brilliant at selling, while some extroverts are methodical and can work alone. Often an introvert is more likely to supply the idea and research and an extrovert is more likely to want to sell and talk it up. But not always. The trick is identifying your inherent tendencies and preferences and to use them to your advantage, ignoring any labels. “Be true to your weird self” in other words.

Mini Quiz: Do you prefer open plan offices or your own space? Prefer 1 to 1’s or parties? Do you enjoy team brainstorming to solve problems or prefer to nut it out on your own and in your own time? Do you gain energy being from around people and high stimulation or do you feel more nourished by quiet reflective, low stimulation time?

Quiet Power Of Introverts is an easy to read book, tirelessly researched with bountiful evidence and compassionately balanced to benefit all the shapes and sizes of humanity. Read it today and find yourself within its pages. Borrow, buy the book or watch Susan Cain’s TED Talk.

(c) 2016, Geraldine Barkworth, private public speaking coach. This review is the opinion of the author only. www.goddessofpublicspeaking.com.au



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