- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399174834
- ISBN-13: 978-0399174834
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
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The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms Paperback – November 3, 2015
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“Filled with powerful stories from entrepreneurs in all stages of business, along with actionable advice, this book is an essential resource for introverts who choose to follow their entrepreneurial vision and carve out their own unique path.”
--Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking
“As a longtime introvert entrepreneur, I was thrilled to discover a toolkit of resources for others like me. This book shows how you can go your own way while still being true to yourself. You can be successful in business without shouting—and you don't have to attend those boring ‘networking’ events either.”
--Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit
“I have always loved listening to author Beth Buelow’s engaging podcasts on introverted entrepreneurship. What a treat it is for all of us to learn from her in this well written and practical book. If you think only extroverts can sell or lead thriving businesses you will change your mind after reading The Introvert Entrepreneur. Interested in joining the growing ranks of entrepreneurs? This book is the definitive guide to have at your side.”
--Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D., author of Quiet Influence, The Introverted Leader and The Genius of Opposites
"What introverted dreamer wouldn't want a smart, successful mentor available in the quiet of their living room? Beth Buelow is that mentor, and The Introvert Entrepreneur reaches introverts where they live: inside, with their hopes, fears and questions. An indispensable guide."
--Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D., author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength
“Having spent my life as an extrovert, in a family of extroverts, I didn’t fully understand that introverts saw the world a different way. Having followed Beth’s work and then reading her latest book, The Introvert Entrepreneur, I feel like I have insight that I hadn’t had before on how introverts do business. Upon finishing the book, I realized that many of my way of engaging with introverts was always based on my preferences rather than considering theirs. Now armed with increased understanding, I’ve changed my style and am getting better results in my communications with them. This book now has a permanent home on my desk as a valuable reference.”
--Christopher Flett, founder of Ghost CEO and author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business and Market Shark
“As an introvert, entrepreneur, and sales person, I have been waiting for a book like The Introvert Entrepreneur. I just didn’t know it. Beth Buelow provides the essential guidance and encouragement for those labeled as introverts and have the passion to grow their businesses.”
--John E. Doerr, Co-President RAIN Group and author of Insight Selling: Surprising Research on What Sales Winners Do Differently
“Beth Buelow’s gem of a book is a coach and mentor in your pocket that celebrates your strengths, facilitates your creative thinking, and cheers you along (quietly!), step by step, toward your entrepreneurial dreams. Buelow asks smart questions and offers thoughtful advice that reflects her deep understanding of the experience of entrepreneurs who are building their own businesses, authentically and powerfully, as introverts. Her book is for you if you run (or want to start) your own business or even if you have a ‘job job’ and an entrepreneurial mindset. Buelow spurs you to unleash the best of what you have to offer—from reflection to action, from your FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) to your prosperity perspective.”
--Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead
"Finally, a book about entrepreneurship that celebrates the gifts, skills, and strengths of introverted business owners. Beth does a beautiful job of helping introverts build a thriving business on their own terms -- without having to pretend to be extroverts. The stories, tools and frameworks will guide and support effective, sustainable business growth for introverts in every type of business."
--Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work
“Based on the size and type of my business, most people don't know this but I am a massive introvert! In this book Beth takes you on a powerful journey of dismantling each of the destructive limiting beliefs that most of us introverts have about why we can't be successful entrepreneurs. This book is an empowering triumph for quiet leaders.”
--Rory Vaden, New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose
“An introverted entrepreneur might sound like an oxymoron, but with an abundance of wisdom and compassion, Buelow teaches introverts not just how to survive the rigors of entrepreneurship, but how their particular gifts and quiet strength can help them thrive and prosper.”
--Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert’s Way and Introverts in Love
“Regardless of your profession, aspirations or age, any introvert will find valuable counsel and guidance in this brainy, accessible book.”
“[A] winning business manual…a thoughtful, kind and helpful guide for all those who are looking to strike out on their own, but are concerned that their need for alone time may get in the way.”
About the Author
Beth L. Buelow is a certified coach, corporate trainer, and professional speaker. Since founding her company, The Introvert Entrepreneur, in 2010, along with her popular podcast of the same name, she has established herself as a go-to expert for introvert entrepreneurs around the world.
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Some of my favorite take-aways of the book: Reframing Risk: I love the idea of reframing risk as research. It's information gathering. Somehow that little reframing or reposition speaks to me and helps reduce the stress and fear that can come from trying new things. It's already helped me in my small business. Another section I loved was her advice on handling social media and networking via social engagements. I highly recommend this book. I read A LOT of entrepreneurial/marketing/self-help books and Beth's is one of my favorites. Whether you are starting up a business or just need to recommit to the core of working ON your business, you've find this book to be a no-nonsense help and Beth as a personal coach to help you along!
The two pieces I enjoyed most about this book: 1) The concept of success by association. The author says "The more you're around the people who've done the things you want to do - write a book, host successful workshops, give keynote speeches - the more normalized such activities become." Eureka! I have long struggled by listening to advice from people who don't understand what I trying to do, or approve of it, or value it. Far more effective for me to spend time with others who do understand, and have "been there, done that." 2) The interviews with successful introvert entrepreneurs at the end of each chapter. I learn best by reading and hearing clear examples of what has worked - and hasn't worked - for others, and found each interview to be filled with accessible ideas I could begin implementing now.
Extroverts, I urge you to read this book to gain deeper insight into how you're viewed by the other half of the world. While your ideas, energy, enthusiasm and excitement seems natural, contagious, and completely normal to you, it's good to realize how differently you may be perceived by introverts who need longer to process and who value deep conversations over small talk (it never hurts to get the reminder that I may be seen as a nonstop blabbermouth). I love that the author doesn't try to change anyone's basic brain wiring, she merely urges us to accept each other and educate ourselves on how we (and others) operate best in the world.
Her book is highly applicable to my one-year-old entrepreneurial adventure and she wrote it in a very approachable way. I read the deluxe Kindle version which included bonus audio clips.
While reading her book, I gained a transformative insight on my past that dramatically increased my confidence in marketing activities. I was often afraid of annoying people with my marketing messages even though I'm convinced, mostly based on customer feedback, that I have a very useful product. While I still feel a little hesitation while marketing, it's nothing like the emotional barrier I previously had to push through.
What made the experience of reading Beth's book even better was my participation in her Virtual Book Group. Knowing that I was part of a safe group of likeminded people, I shared my marketing related insight with them, which really reinforced the breakthrough I experienced. It was way better than reading the book alone!