Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review of Confession of an Introvert

Book #36. Confessions of an Introvert, by Meghan Wier. Paperback.
The subtitle of this book is “The Shy Girl’s Guide to Career, Networking, and Getting the Most Out of Life.” I was immediately concerned by the phrase “shy girl.” Not because I’m not a girl, but because I was concerned that the author may have conflated “introverted” and “shy.”
A lot of attention has been brought to Introversion in the last decade or so, including the great book “Quiet,” by Susan Cain (reviewed here). Despite that, many people still make the mistake of treating “introvert” as a synonym for “shy.” But Wier quickly showed me that she knew the difference, recognizing that the words are similar, but not synonymous.
The book contains a lot of good networking and business tips, whether one is an introvert or not. Certainly, some of the tips are directed to that group, but many of her tips would be effective for a broader group of people. The advice ranges from the philosophical to the very practical.
I recommend this book not just for introverts, or not just for people interested in networking or management advice. There is a lot of information in this book that will help extroverts understand the introverts in their life, whether they work with them, manage them, or are married to one.
Source: my wife purchased this book a number of years ago. I don’t know from where. 

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