Time for Chapter 2 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.
Kahnweiler starts Chapter 2, “The Six Strengths of Quiet Influencers”, quotes Webster’s dictionary on influence as “the capacity or power of persons to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behaviors, and opinions of others”. She notes that influencers aren’t just heads of state or CEOs of major corporations. All of us are or can be influencers in the world we move through, whether it’s leading co-workers, or dealing with our children, we would like to think that we are having a positive effect on our family, community, school, church or workplace.
She then goes on to mention some quiet influencers, like Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and other quiet influencers throughout history. Kahnweiler makes you think about quiet influence and how that differs from extrovert influence. The key for quiet influencers to succeed is that they leverage these six introvert strengths:
- Taking quiet time
- Engaged Listening
- Focused Conversations
- Thoughtful Use of Social Media
The rest of the chapter, which will be in a coming blog, talks about why these are strengths. Chapter 3 brings a test of your level of each strength. The remainder of the chapters in the book deal with each of the strengths in turn, with a broader definition of each one, ideas of how the strength can be expanded, with exercises and ideas on putting it into play in your life. I haven’t read ahead yet. We’ll discover each strength together.
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.