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"Success Isn’t Only for the Extroverts"

I learned a lot about how to thrive in a corporate environment from my days on Wall Street. And then I left to radically change my life and my career. Now, as a business communication coach, I have fun helping the Garbos I coach go from cubicle to corner office.
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Interview and Get the Job

Imagine this. You’re about to go on the business equivalent of a blind date. After all, the initial connection you establish with the hiring manager on a job interview is likely to determine whether you’ll spend more waking hours in each other’s orbit than with your loved ones in the …
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Fearless Presenting for Introverts

Would you like to give presentations with the ease of chatting with friends in your living room? If so, check out “Presentation Tips for Introverts,” a story I just wrote for business technology author Patrice-Ann Rutledge’s blog. You’ll find answers to these questions: What’s the best way to manage your …
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Introverts as Effective Leaders

I recently shared a story in a Harvard Business School newsletter about new research that takes a fresh look at introverts and extroverts as leaders. Also check out this CNN story, “Why Introverts Can Be Great Leaders,” by Eliza Ridgeway, for a tidy summary of the findings.
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Conquering the Introvert-Extrovert Communication Gap, Part 1

Getting a word in edgewise at a meeting with extroverts* can be daunting for introverts. Listening carefully without interjecting can be a stretch for extroverts. Yet we all need to do some talking and some listening to work together productively. How do we strike the right balance?
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How to Earn What You Deserve

Do you earn less than you deserve? “Underearners Anonymous applies 12 steps for those addicted to paltry paychecks, preaching action and acceptance of a higher power,” according to Ron Dicker in his WalletPop column for AOL.
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Secrets to Quiet Leadership

In her recent Washington Post article, “Career Coach: Tips for Introverts Who Aspire to Leadership Positions,” Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D., dispels misconceptions about introverts and offers concrete guidance to help you get ahead.
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Golden Retrievers in Business Suits – LOL

Keith Ferrazzi had me laughing out loud in a plug he did today for my recent interview with Tahl Raz, co-author of his bestseller, Never Eat Alone: “So many people (and introverts are especially guilty of this), assume that you have to be like a Golden Retriever in a business …
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Not So Scary Public Speaking

In his “Talking Points” article for Entrepreneur magazine, Ross McCammon (better known as “the Esquire guy”) shares heaps about “How can you go from ‘public speaking isn’t my thing’ to full-fledged confidence.” I’m interviewed in the article.
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Presenting Your Best Self to an Audience

One of the most important career-building and leadership skills you can learn is to speak effectively to an audience. I dedicated a chapter of my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®, to this topic, based on work with my coaching clients over more than a decade as well as continuing education students in my Presentation …
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Remind Yourself You’re the Real Deal

Check out “The I’m a Fraud Freakout” in O, the Oprah Magazine which begins: “As you go about your daily life—giving presentations, attending meetings, raising children – are you secretly afraid everyone’s about to find out you have no idea what you’re doing?” Kudos to Arianna Davis on this highly practical story …
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Insights on Your Inbox: 1-Word E-mails from Your Boss

“Many employees labor over emails seeking guidance from the boss, only to receive a cryptic reply such as ‘Great!’ or ‘Sounds good’—or no answer at all. The result: Confusion and frustration,” according to Sue Shellenbarger in her article, “Email Enigma: When the Boss’s Reply Is Cryptic,” in The Wall Street …
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