I was going to write a great post today but then I finished reading The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership written by my good friend Lisa Petrilli and I realized the most important information I could share with you today was hers. Yes, the book is THAT good. I should note that she was nice enough to send me an advanced copy to peruse at no charge and we've "worked" together -- she and the lovely Lisa Diomede co-hosted my first #Cocktails4Causes in Chicago -- but that's not why I'm writing this post today. I get a lot of free books and seldom review them because of late, a lot of the business books are downright weak.
Thankfully, The Introvert's Guide to Success isn't one of them.
It's a quick read, a mere 60 pages. In fact, I read most of it on my iPhone while waiting for my wife to arrive at a meeting the other night. This morning I finished it off over coffee.
Quite simply, it might be one of the best books I've read in a while and I read a lot of books. Lisa does a fabulous job of giving introverts a big "it's ok" hug and then leveraging that warm feeling to teach them applicable strategies and tactics for being successful in their careers, lives and pursuit of their dreams.
Best of all, the book helps the extroverts in the world understand how to better work with, for or direct introverts.
Here is a taste of the book -- one of the most insightful passages I thought...
Time to Recharge
Since extraverts get their energy from being around other people, from energizing
others, and from actively participating in events, the world of business and
leadership is naturally rejuvenating for them.
The opposite is true for introverts. The world of business and leadership is
draining for us, particularly energy-demanding events like conferences and
After basking in the glow of visibility and attention you will return home craving
privacy and time to recharge. Actually, on virtually every day of your business life
you will return home craving privacy and time to recharge; some days more than
Respect this need for time to recharge, and be clear with family, friends,
colleagues and fellow conference attendees that you need to take this time for
you. Everyone will appreciate you for honoring this need, because you’ll be
bringing your best self to them and to your work when you’re with them.
It's this kind of simple, straightforward advice that you'll find throughout the entire book. It is only $7.99 and I think it's only available in Kindle form... but go get it, read it and then start using the techniques in your life.
And let me know what you think about the book.