I love this TED talk on introverts by Susan Cain. Can’t wait to read the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. You’ve got to love that title!
Just some of the points she makes are…
• There is zero correlation between the best talkers and the best ideas.
• Introverts make great leaders because they’re better at letting others run with their own ideas.
She also talks about our cultural bias toward extroversion and how our schools and places of work need to be restructured to allow for individual work as well as group collaboration. Amen!
I’ve always thought about introversion and extroversion as being about where we each derive our primary nurturance. Do we get intellectually, emotionally and spiritually fed primarily by social contact or by solitude? To this definition she adds that it has to do with how we respond to stimulation. Good introvert that I am, I’m still contemplating the distinctions between those two definitions.
So here’s the video. I’d love to hear your thoughts and responses so please leave a comment.
P.S. In this talk Susan Cain shares how blissfully happy she was while writing the book and what a stretch it is for her to now be out speaking about it.
If you relate to that and could use some help getting your book written, published or marketed, please let me know. I can totally relate to the challenges introverts face in the world of writing, publishing and marketing, and I can help you sort it out no matter where you are in the process.