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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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Beth Buelow, an introverted entrepreneur herself, accurately describes the feelings we tribe members frequently experience. The sheer exhaustion from being "on" at networking events and tradeshows...the stomach pain while making cold calls...the rising dread every time someone utters "let's do lunch". However, Buelow also goes on to explain that the traits of the typical introvert are also strengths when it comes to entrepreneurship. Things like curiosity, desire to go deep, ability to focus, active listening, calmness under pressure and self-awareness.
Part pep-talk and part executive coach, this book offers specific specific advice for thriving in networking and sales situations, for leading teams, and expanding your business. I wish Buelow had written her book earlier in my career so I could have felt less guilty about my style, and learned how to make uncomfortable situations a little less so.
I learned long ago that you are often all alone as an entrepreneur. Thankfully, I like it that way.
- Kevin Kruse
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!
As a more experienced business owner, though, I found her emphasis on overcoming fears not relevant.
I was taken aback by this claim: "Networking... is an absolutely essential activity." (page 75) Unfortunately, the author restricts her discussion to in-person networking meetings. I strongly disagree with this claim. It's possible to cultivate connections without ever going to meetings, such as by writing letters to influencers, inviting potential contacts one-on-one to lunch or using whoever you already know to introduce you to someone you think might have what you need - all introvert-friendly modes of networking that she overlooks. Her approach on networking is to help you find your peace with it even if you think you hate it. I would prefer to read case studies of people who succeeded without going to networking meetings, and that's what I would expect from someone who had her finger on the pulse of today's business realities.