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I read this book in two settings: it was difficult for me to put down. It was fascinating and uncomfortable, at times. He spoke truths to me, about me that I hadn’t noticed in my 67 year!
I never, never, bookmark in the novels I read. I placed four bookmarks in “Quiet Impact” and I fully intend to share them with my extroverted husband. I need to share Drew’s insights such as: Extroverts “don’t understand that although introverts may be tolerant of their behavior, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we can be pushed around. Everyone has their individual breaking point, but most of us will eventually push back once the pain of not standing up for ourselves becomes greater than the discomfort of confrontation.” This explains 37 years of how I’ve operated.
Another ah ha moment for me: “We only talk when we have something to say. As introverts, we don’t talk to work out our questions, problems, or emotions – we do all of the in our frantic little brain.” Of course, I’ve known this all along but sometimes the obvious is not so obvious. My extrovert husband is constantly asking what he’s done to “make me so quiet.” He never quite believes my, “Nothing!”
And the one that I’ve been telling my husband for years: “If you have a complaint, tell us in private. We are sensitive enough to criticism without having to absorb and respond to it in front of others. If you insist on criticizing us or making an example of us in public, rest assured we will quietly plot our revenge and changes are, you’ll never see it coming.” This one, I definitely will share.
Thank you, Drew, for an entertaining, insightful, uncomfortable, enlightening read. It’s nice to know it’s NOT just me!
This book is not just for all the introverts out there, but has useful knowledge and tactics for all kinds of personality types.
It gives good suggestions and backs up the suggestions with clear reasoning of why this might be the way to go to solve an issue that a creative person might have that they might not even know about.
I found myself going "ah-ha" a number of time while reading this book as I saw behaviors that I have. For example, I really hate talking on the telephone and prefer to talk face to face but using video chat was a great idea so I can see who I am talking to and gain some of the clues I am losing by just listening to a voice.
Interestingly most of my friends would peg me as an extrovert when I see myself as an introvert but I have learned over time how to play the role. This book gives the reader a number of ways to make that jump between the two and other ways of promoting one's work but not making it all about themselves which is uncomfortable to me.
It is a quick read but I found myself going back and rereading parts of the book for ideas on how to get my work in front of its audience.
At times, I wanted to speak up and say, "Hey, That's ME!", but I kept my hand down, and didn't make a peep, even though I work at home, alone!
Quiet Impact is written in a straight forward manner, with no extensive clinical studies or long winded essays to endure, and that was such a pleasant relief. Sometimes straight forward is just what's needed.
I have the type of personality that keeps me from even the most basic of social interactions without massive prodding from friends and family. I have managed to dis-invite myself to just about every social engagement with very few exceptions. I feel that somehow, no one has ever understood me. Even worse, most people I meet seem to jump to a lot of wrong conclusions.
This book isn't going to completely change who I am, or who you are, no book can. With a little work and this well written book as a guide, it may (I hope) give me a little bit of courage to try something new. It may even help me to better navigate awkward situations that we introverts often face. As a book, what it has done for me, is lay out in direct term, and connect in a way that I appreciate. It has made me feel as though perhaps there is something I can do for myself, in my own slow and measured steps.
As a prescriptive write, it fits well with my temperament, and I intend to re-read it often.
I certainly do recommend this book, and as one last nod to the author, I congratulate him on being able to write an entire book without one single mention of Steve Jobs anywhere in its pages! Well done. -YoPedro
*I received a pre-release copy of Quiet Impact by Drew Kimble.
There were 2 drawbacks, I felt, to this book: it was repetitive & didn't offer as many tips to create our quiet impact as introverts. Having followed Drew's work for a while, now, I did expect a bit more. And a little more humor.
Overall, a worthy read. It'll open your eyes to the mind of the introvert in your friends, acquaintances, &, maybe even yourself.
I did receive an advance copy of this book in order to proffer an honest review.
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