How to Earn What You’re Worth

In his “WalletPop” column for AOL, Ron Dicker poses a compelling scenario: “You find out that a work colleague with a similar title, duties and experience is making more money than you. A lot more. You can whine about it—or you can do something about it.” In our interview for his article, “What to Do When You Discover a Colleague Makes More Money,” I share “must do’s” to get the compensation you deserve. Advantages in this arena for introverts are our inclination to do our homework and think before we speak. If you’re inclined to ask your manager to bump up your pay, you’ll score more by doing your research, planning your approach—how and when to approach her, and role-playing with a trusted adviser before making a peep.

The New York Times on Self-Promotion for Introverts®

“Currently winning our race for most intriguing book title of 2009 is the oxymoronic ‘Self-Promotion for Introverts’ by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw Hill). The ‘how to’ book is filled with tips (rehearse is a favorite). The author’s tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires. But what else would you expect from a book whose subtitle is ‘the quiet guide to getting ahead’?”

Fun Multimedia Riff on "Self-Promotion for Introverts®"

A woman named Janet Clarey brings my book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®, on a trip to Atlanta and then Australia and writes a zany riff, filled with flippy videos, on her blog, Spinning the Social Web. She turned the book over whenever she set it down because she didn’t like the “self-promotion” in the title and didn’t want anyone to see it—even when she was in a rental car!

“The presentation section [of Self-Promotion for Introverts®] I read in great detail and I think it was one of two reasons my talk went well,” says Clarey, referring to a recent presentation she gave to a group of chief learning officers. She adds that she found her real voice—rather than the voice she thought she should project when presenting—by listening to rapper Jay-Z.

See this fun multimedia crawl around inside the head of this Ph.D. candidate in instructional design, development, and evaluation. And don’t miss the first video from the TV show 30 Rock starring starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

Meetings: More Than Two Doesn’t Have to Be a Crowd

Interested in thriving at business meetings as an introvert? See Sara Grace’s insightful story, “Create Meetings that People Don’t Want to Hide From” on the myGreenlight Blog. “As a manager, I’ve put some thought into how to make the most of a collaborative environment – and in particular, how to help meetings be a place where both introverts and extroverts can flourish,” says Grace, myGreenlight’s program director and a cofounder of this community for …

Not About Teaching an Introvert to Become an Extrovert

We can each look at a beach and one of us will see the shoreline, another will notice the ripples in the waves, and another the clouds in the sky. It always amazes me how we can have the same experience—yet experience it so differently. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading book reviews. And when the reviews are about my own book, Self-Promotion for Introverts®, it can feel weirdly intimate yet oddly welcome when strangers share how my writing reaches them.

Introverts Who Run the Show

“As an entrepreneur, do you find yourself in ‘perpetual promotion?’” asks Beth Buelow on her popular Introvert Entrepreneur blog. Listen to our recent interview on Buelow’s internet radio showto learn a few tricks of the trade for introverts who revel in being their own bosses. You’ll feel so good by the end of our fun and informative half-hour chat that you’ll be torn between singing about your latest venture in the shower or from rooftops. (You can hire someone to do the latter!). All in the spirit of Self-Promotion for Introverts®.

How to Reduce the Dread of Networking

logo“Introvert networking sounds like an oxymoron,” according to introvert author Sophia Dembling in her article, “The Introvert’s Guide to Networking,” in Success magazine. She continues, “but even the most introvertish introverts understand that meeting the right people is necessary for professional progress. And so we have to learn to do it in ways that not only take the torture out of it, but also help us succeed.” Dembling interviewed me and two other introvert authors, Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., and Beth Buelow, ACC, CPC, for her article. Also check out her sidebar story, “Networking the Net,” which is all about using social media to expand your horizons—and a reminder about the importance of meeting some of your online buddies offline.

Painless Networking

I was recently interviewed for an article titled “Conquer Your Networking Fears,” for the Project Management Institute. Here’s how it begins:  “Have you ever found yourself standing alone at a networking event, watching other project professionals mixing and mingling? You know you should introduce yourself and find new connections — but you just can’t muster the courage.” Can you relate? If you’re an introvert, take your time and enjoy the connections—one at a time and at your own pace. …

The Point of PowerPoint

One of my favorite aspects of having written a book is connecting with bloggers and other journalists from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. Each time they interview me—often by phone or e-mail—it’s as if I’m taking a field trip into their world by learning about their readers, getting to know their writing style, and making their publications the center of my world, even if just for a day. 

How to Make the Most of the Company Holiday Party

I just got home from my fourth holiday gathering this week. While I enjoyed each gathering—because I arrived rested, paced myself, aimed for just a few good conversations, took breaks when I needed them, and stayed the right amount of time for me—I’m happy that I’ll have some downtime for the rest of the weekend.

Sheryl Nance-Nash offers five useful pieces of advice in her article “How to Make the Most of the Company Holiday Party,” in The Faster Times. Here’s how each of her points applies to introverts: