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Confessions of an Introvert: The Shy Girl's Guide to Career, Networking and Getting the Most Out of Life Paperback – February 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Introverts will find more niche marketing than useful guidance in this slapdash self-help. Weir's suggestions are bland, obvious, often irrelevant and sometimes plain juvenile; helpful exercises include filling out the chart, "What do I want out of my life?" and selecting words from the "I Am vs. I Will Be" columns. Weir's observation that we get paralyzed by our routines is viable, but the model of success she provides-breaking out of her black boot routine by buying a pair of platinum shoes-would be laughable if it weren't so unhelpful. Unfortunately, all of Weir's examples come from her own life, diminishing the authority and practicality of her work, and many of her solutions (like hiring someone to buy the groceries and organize her closet) involve throwing money at the problem, hardly a viable solution for a reader still looking for her break. If, as she says repeatedly, Weir has such a wide circle of contacts, she probably should have used them to get some perspective-or at least some better anecdotes.
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"She helps readers along the way with sections on identifying sources of anxiety, building confidence in tough situations, becoming an expert in one's field, and organization. " - ForeWord
"For those of us who prefer a quieter place in the world, Wier's guide is chock full of tools to better navigate the public spaces of our lives, especially in terms of the workplace and networking. " - For Her Information
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Top Customer Reviews
For a shy person such as the author, Meghan Weir, to write a meaningful and entertaining book about networking requires research and work in the trenches where it's uncomfortable and downright scary. This is clearly reflected in the text and speaks volumes to MS Weir's credibility, intelligence, and insight. For me this is groundbreaking work is for natural introverts (you know who you are!) who are driven to success in business and who are willing to summon the courage with a little support and advice. That support and advice in found here in the pages of this wonderful book. While both the shy and outgoing personae will discover a highly useful set of tools, the shy may use them to make opportunities that have previously seemed distant more accessible. Get this book.
The author unsuccessfully tries to incorporate sales tactics into socially uncomfortable scenarios that is supposed to help the introvert take charge and "act like an extrovert". She basically asks you to be someone totally different(which we all know doesn't work it's too obvious) and fails miserably at a solution. First of all an introvert and sales tactics do not go hand in hand. Period. I don't care if a former sales introvert (like the author claims to be) dreamed it up such solutions are just not effective.
While the author raves about how she overcame introversion and how successful it's made her she loses the reader. The reader more often than not finds themselves thinking "who cares lady?" Publisher's weekly made a good point about how the author makes references to hiring people for help when in a jam insinuating that thowing money at problems will solve them(PW) Overall I am not happy with this author who is full of herself and just got lucky. Worse I don't even believe she is an introvert! She clearly misses the mark. SAVE YOUR MONEY$$$$
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