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Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead Paperback – October 16, 2009
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"Filled with tips ... The author’s tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires."
--The New York Times
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"Offers a solid dose of practical advice - alongside humorous anecdotes - for introverts to assert themselves by using their inherent tendencies in the most effective ways ... Written in a practical, precise, and smart way, Ancowitz shows introverts how to take advantage of the unique qualities and strengths they can offer, but also how to network, build visibility, have a memorable impact on others, speak publicly, interview effectively, own their own strengths, and much more ... One important thing to note is that the book is not about teaching an introvert to become an extrovert. The aim of the book is not to change people to be something they are not, but rather to refine them into the strongest versions of what they already are."
--Positive Psychology New Daily
"Written by an introvert for introverts ... If you're not an introvert, but have introverted customers or employees - this could be your lucky day. At first I thought this book was just for introverted people, until I realized how powerful my messages could be if I organized them in a way that my introverted audiences could appreciate and feel comfortable around."
--Small Business Trends
"Self-Promotion for Introverts® is a primer on doing just that - helping 'quiet sorts' assert themselves by using their inherent tendencies in the most effective ways."
--Fort Myers Florida Weekly
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I think that if you are an introvert that has no experience with extroverts that this book may have some value. Contrary to the introduction, I felt that it was primarily focused on utilising principles that extroverts use. This was re-enforced by the continual quoting of famous extroverts advice on how to self-promote. This is not what I was looking for. I know how extroverts function, I just also know that a lot of their strategies don't work nearly as well for me as they do for them.
The other disappointment was that a lot of the text was on what I would consider business-promotion, rather than self-promotion. The section on `Self-Promoting activities' listed (in order); Web sites, Advertising, blogging, podcasts, online-groups, classified ads, flyers, brochures... Sorry, but this is not self-promotion as I understand it.
In summary, this is a very entry level book. It may be a good introduction, but I found it very light and not very on-target.
I think the book would have been better if the exercises encouraged more introspection and creativity with regard to our understanding and marketing of ourselves. I agree with one of the reviewers who said that most of the advice is standard cookie cutter career advice which might as well have been written by an extravert. I'm even surprised that the author calls herself an introvert. But I'm not surprised that a couple of the five-star reviews here were written by extraverts in the corporate world. Who doesn't like to toot their own horn?
For what it's worth, the book does an OK job of explaining why we have a tough time getting noticed, but its advice on how to change that is marginally helpful at best, and patronizing at worst.
The book did help me understand a couple of points about extraverts that I had previously overlooked. That was about all I gained from it.
Janet L. Riesel, MBA, SPHR
Interestingly enough, the population is roughly split, 50-50, between extroverts and introverts. In today's high-tech, "in your face" society, the edge frequently goes to the extrovert, in nearly every endeavor. However, Ancowitz is providing a solid game plan for helping the introvert overcome the obstacles for success. The key strategies don't involve changing the introvert's personality; rather, simply focusing on their strenghts and accomplishments; by quietly informing people what they bring to the table; to paraphrase Sgt Joe Friday: "Just the facts, please; just the facts."
Historically, introverts are generally intelligent individuals, with good verbal skills and remarkable intuition. Ancowitz is providing them with a solid game plan for taking action; to quietly take charge of their careers and their lives. This will enable the quietly efficient individual to bring attention to their skills; to get noticed, and to possibly shut that self-absorbed wind-bag up, at least for the time being.
The goal is quite simple; to progress---inward, outward & onward. It's an inspiring message, and one that should help anyone attain just about any goal they're looking to reach.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title implies that it would be a book on advanced concepts to help with the self-promotion game by a person that just happens to be dealing with an introvert personality. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kym McBride
I'm made the mistake of buying this as a kindle book. I didn't know there would be lots of writing exercises. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bre
This book makes a LOT of assumptions that the author knows exactly what all introverts are like, and one formula for self-promotion works for all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Keen
Although published in 2009, this book is still very relevant for those of us who are introverts. (Yes, that’s me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sue Allen Clayton