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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sphinx Publishing (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157248697X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572486973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This books helps you to understand yourself, develop your personal brand, market your brand and ultimately create a social network that leads to fulfilling opportunities rather than simply job hopping. She makes what Tom Peters started talking about years ago accessible to those of us that have trouble being "social".

Ms. Weir stresses the importance of knowing yourself - strengths, weaknesses, goals and then applying them to your career. This intimate knowledge will transform you from the person blindly transitioning from job to job or even climbing the corporate ladder just because it is there to someone that can identify and find the perfect career/situation for themselves.

This book is full of examples from the author's personal journey of overcoming her introversion and shyness and becoming a leader. Ms. Weir provides excellent guidance and hands-on activities to help you understand who you are and what message(s) you are projecting to the world.

I love this quote from the author: "Self-consciousness and self-awareness are the gifts of the introvert. These gifts all the introvert to excel in situations where reflection and deep analysis are required." She takes the perceived negative of "introversion" and deftly turns it into an asset.

She provides exercises to help you understand yourself. She provides tips to developing your personal brand. At the same time she is careful to to draw the line between self-promotion and self-branding. Branding, she defines, is how you differentiate yourself in the market. Finally, she provides concrete, real-world examples on network building.

The author views herself as a product - she is a business, a brand. She runs her life as a business. She provides keen insight to those of us that have trouble getting off the sidelines and walking up to someone, looking them in the eye, shaking their hand and introducing themselves.
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I found this not terribly helpful. The career and networking suggestions were nothing new that any other promote-yourself at work book doesn't also tell you.
The very real difficulties many introverts have with "energy drain" when they're around people weren't discussed much either. Not worth the money, borrow it from a library if you must.
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Meghan has learned at age 30 what took me an extra 15 years to learn. If you read her book you will cut years off of the advancement of your career by avoiding mistakes you may have made.

Of particular importance to me were the sections on scheduling network time with individuals. Networking (relationship management) is the #1 method for gaining and maintaining loyal customers. If you need customers, you need to read her book!

She also addresses dealing with business cards, a very overlooked topic, and one that everyone in business can learn from.

Mostly though, she does what most introverts don't do -- she shares secrets about herself to the world! This makes for an interesting read, rare in a book on business!
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It's been a big hit around the office; it was even featured in a Women's Interactive Network monthly meeting my company sponsors. I can't wait for her next book.
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Yes, this book is an easy read with a lot of helpful suggestions but its really missing something that ties it all together. The sections are short and missing the "so what" and don't have a great deal of analysis. I prefer to know all the w's, not just the what, but especially the why. As I was reading I would get to the end of a chapter and think "that's it?" and then continue to read hoping to come up with something more than a drawn out "to do" list.
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Confessions of an Introvert by Meghan Wier is a guide book for anyone in business. Confessions covers business networking, communication, education, socialization, organization, leadership and time management. This book may have been written for introverts, but the great advice is applicable to introverts and extroverts, men and women. Every college senior should have to read Confessions of an Introvert!
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One of the best books about career success that I have ever read. The author gives straight-forward advice in a fun and interesting way, incorporating her real-world experience. I definetly recommend this book for young people entering the work force or introverts seeking career change or promotions. This is a quick read, and very funny. Not your average job-advice book.
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Certainly not your typical, dry business handbook. It's enjoyable to read with some amusing humor, some heartfelt confessions, and a lot of great advice!
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