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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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"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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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meghan Wier nailed it! She got the nuances of the true introvert to a T! Thank you so much Meghan.Published on April 4, 2014 by Susan Harkema
I have learned so much from Meghan's book! It has given me sound advice that I can apply to my career and future. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Kalikeesee
Awful editing/proofreading. A few examples:
"The pair hurriedly placed space heaters around us and PEALED away our wet coats."
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In this book, Ms. Wier has an amazing ability to synthesize incite and tried and true tips. She is able to share fresh ideas and real-life experience while reminding us that we... Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by S. Murray
I normally skip over the editor's weekly review and go with the common reviews posted. The reviews posted by regular folks who take the time out of their schedule tohelp folks make... Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by dreambeliever
Disclosure: I messaged Meghan Wier about her excellent website and then asked her to send me the book. She predicted it's not my type of book. Well, it's better than I expected. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by Dr. Cathy Goodwin
Meg gives great insights, practical learning exercises, and realistic ways to actually use the information she provides. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by S. Peeler
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Confessions of an Introvert by Meg Wier. Although I'm not shy or introverted I felt the suggestions were helpful to everyone. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Margaret M. Casey
I am in the center of the introvert/extrovert spectrum, but lean towards introvert. So there was much I could relate to in this book. Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by G. Peeler