Here is the rest of Chapter 1 of “Quiet Influence; The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference” by Jennifer Kahnweiler. She’s an extrovert who does a lot of coaching of introverts. I thought that might be an interesting perspective. (Check out yesterday’s blog for Roadblocks to Quiet Influence.)
Kahnweiler says that we can become great influencers by embracing our introverted nature. I like that idea. It’s a lot less painful than pretending to be an extrovert. She talks about energy drains and recharging, and the difference between shyness and introversion. She ends the chapter by listing introvert characteristics. I’ll let you read the book for more detail, but here is her list. See what resonates with you.
Characteristics that Shape Introverts:
- Embrace solitude
- Think first, talk later
- Hold emotions inside
- Focus on depth rather than the superficial
- Let their fingers do the talking (meaning we’d rather email than get on the phone, etc.
- Act low-key
- Keep private matters… private
What do you think? Did she create an accurate list?
Next time: Chapter 2, The Six Strengths of Quiet Influencers
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.