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The Ying and Yang of Extroverts and Introverts

Saturday Auditorium Series Speaker: Susan Cain

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Can I be an in-extrovert? Because I’d say I’m like 75% introvert and about a quarter extroverted. I can totally be out there and making all sorts of noises and what not, it’s just I rarely feel the need. It’s not my default behavior by any means.

(the picture to the left here is author Susan Cain of (Quiet:))

There’s a new book coming out next month (Jan. 2012) on the awesome-ness of being introverted. (well that’s what I’d like it to be). This title, along with a couple of others look like great reading materials for myself and other like-minded souls.

(Book synopsis’s provided via the Author’s Amazon page. They did a good job explaining themselves, so I’ll let you receive from the source what their books are about.)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

By Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”

Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead

By Nancy Ancowitz (released in 2009)

All too often, introverts get passed over for job offers and promotions while their more extroverted colleagues get all of the recognition. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

In Self-Promotion for Introverts®, business communication coach and intrepid introvert Nancy Ancowitz helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments, and launch an action plan for gaining career advancement. You will learn how to:

* Promote yourself without bragging— when networking, on job interviews, and at work

* Use your quiet gifts (writing, researching, and listening) to your advantage

* Be a commanding presenter, despite your quieter nature

* Formulate your best plans, set goals, take action— and even find a better job

* Featuring exclusive advice from Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black, and marketing guru Seth Godin, Self-Promotion for Introverts® helps you progress inward, outward, and onward.

Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

By Adam S. McHugh (released in 2009)

Introverts are called and gifted by God. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it’s not as faithful to be an introvert. Adam McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are

With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship and even evangelize effectively. Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. Discover God’s call and empowering to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.

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About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.

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