Even the most likeable and well-mannered among us can still look like jerks in an email. Writing an email that comes across just like you do in person is a fine art. During a conversation, you adjust your tone, facial expression, gestures and posture in order to fit the mood of what you’re conveying. You do...Read more
A few weeks ago, Kelly brought up the importance of asking for what you want. While she totally inspired us to step up and speak our minds, she also got us wondering: Are there any tricks to effectively winning over your audience to ensure that in addition to asking for what you want, you actually get it? I dusted off my old college...Read more
In our hyper-social culture, which tends to favor outgoing personalities (not to mention nonstop connectivity and networking), there's an unfortunate stigma that surrounds introverts; it’s generally perceived as less advantageous to be one. But as it turns out, extroverts (myself included) face an entirely different set of social struggles and judgments:Read more
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Imagine this: You walk into a meeting, sit down, and share your awesome ideas without ever feeling self conscious or overwhelmed. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I know firsthand that this isn’t always how things go down, even though it might be what we want to happen. Entering a big meeting full of people sharing thoughts can be...Read more
Ever tried to correct someone, only for them to ignore or get mad at you? Yeah, it’s never a pleasant experience — especially when you have to see that person eight hours a day, five days a week. Sometimes, it’s better to let the mistake slide. For example, if your coworker mispronounced the CEO’s name in...Read more
A good mentor should be supportive but also prepared to challenge your thinking and perspective. Ideally your mentor can suspend judgment and encourage you to reflect on a range of options. Rapport is essential in establishing a relationship that is open and honest so you will experience maximum benefit from the mentoring. It should work something like this:Read more
You may be an exceptional individual contributor, able to turn around projects in one swift motion, or a subject matter expert, better versed in your area of expertise than anyone else in your office, but neither of those sterling qualities necessarily means you’re cut out to manage people. Not everyone can be a great manager. If...Read more
Whether you’re feeling down and out or are embarrassingly bad at networking, don’t fear: help is here! We can help you fake confidence in your next social situation with flying colors. Just follow these tips on how to present yourself and nobody will notice you’d rather be hiding under a blanket. Trick #1: Stand Tall Your mom...Read more
Saying 'sorry' can build trust, but it can also make you sound weak.
"Sorry, can I borrow you for a moment?"
"Sorry, this project summary is missing Page 13."
"Sorry, could you please speak up?"
If you pay attention to how often you...Read more
Power. In these days of self-enlightenment and claiming our power and being empowered, do we collectively know what that means? Even if we know, do we know how to get it as introvert leaders? Especially, if no one anoints you as the fearless leader or you wake up as royalty? Must power be handed to us? Where...Read more