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It was such a relief to be told from the very beginning that is okay to be an introvert; and that the aim of the authors is not to change you, but to help us introverts to adapt and function with confidence in a world that praises and rewards extroverts. Scott and Livermore also state that "You can't magically transform into an extrovert since introversion is part of your makeup. Introversion isn't a type of illness you need to be cured from." That's great to know.
In reading this book, it is obvious that Steven and Rebecca, in addition to drawing on their own emotions and experience of being introverts, did the deep research to cover the topic in depth. As I was reading this I found myself shaking my head saying, "Yes, that is exactly it." or "They just described how I feel 90% of the time."
Here is what I found to be the "Golden" topics in this book:
1. Creating a positive first impression
2. Making small talk
3. Learn to ask others about themselves
4. Talking on the phone [a fear most introverts deal with]
5. How to build better relationships
6. How to avoid being pushed around
7. Ways to contribute to working in teams
8. How to step out of the background and get noticed
9. Getting along with extroverts
The book is organized in a very clear, easy-to-follow format where the authors describe the challenge faced by introverts, and then they provide the solution to it. The result is a book with very clear steps that defines the problem, and then presents the solution. I believe that all introverts, or people who struggle with insecurity, social problems, or shyness will gain a tremendous amount of help by reading this. You can apply the action steps right away and come away with some great results and lasting change.
Steve and Rebecca also define an introvert in terms everyone can understand, and then go on to discuss the different types of introverts. They even provide a link to a test the reader can take to determine their own type of introversion. (Highly recommended.)
To me, the highlight of this book is the presentation of the most common challenges facing introverts, and the strategies that can be used to successfully rise above the noise of our chaotic extroverted world.
If you're an introvert in the business world, this book can certainly help.
This great book provides lots of other suggestions for which new habit to develop first, depending on your own particular type of introversion. For me, I'm happily starting with small talk and then will graduate to other challenges.