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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I myself am an extrovert, but I was very excited to read this, as I am married to an introverted creative and have many within my social circles. I expected this book to provide me with insight that would help me to support the creative introverts in my life, and to be able to recommend it to them as a helpful tool.
I have followed Drew's work for a number of years and generally "know" him to be a pretty positive, funny guy overall. Many statements in this book felt unnecessarily harsh toward extroverts, with sweeping generalizations and sharp barbs that were rather off-putting, which caused me to drop my review rating to a 3. Had I not agreed beforehand to read this book in its entirety, I likely would have stopped in the first half; in my opinion, the book needed to start with the final chapter of part 1.
Had I put the book down in the first half, I would have missed the truly valuable portions of the book. Discussion of the challenges unique to introverts and the many ways to work with those qualities, rather than trying to suppress them, is just what I expected from this read. The shared tips for networking, parties, and other potentially awkward gatherings should be particularly helpful for introverts, and also for extroverts who want to better communicate with and understand the introverts around them.
With more focus on the good things/challenges of being introverted, and how to work with those limitations and needs as a creative, and less "us vs. them" comparison between introverts and extroverts, the second part of this book is certainly worth your time, whether you are an introvert or you're an extrovert hoping to better understand and support the introverts in your life.