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Timely Tips From Our Books

As you know all too well, our country is in a period of economic uncertainty and change. We may need to reinvent our career identities. Here are a few tidbits, (slightly rewritten because I can’t just copy anything) about career issues plucked from our books.

Introverts & Extroverts in Love: Making it Work When Opposites Attract

Remind yourself of the valuable strengths both innies and outies bring to the worktable. Rewrite your resume including innie or outie gifts and your right or left brained talents. There’s more in Chapter 10, Harnessing Your Strengths.

  • Plan and set goals
  • Reflect before offering creative solutions
  • Tend to  research and write well
  • Enjoy learning their subject or field in depth
  • Are self-motivated and persistent
  • Listen to many viewpoints


  • Natural networkers
  • Make quick decisions and take action
  • Motivate others
  • Speak and think quickly on their feet
  • Shift subjects and priorities easily
  • Enjoy working with others


The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World

Verbally Reflect Upon Your Introverted Child’s Future Career Strengths:

  • “I like the way you think before you answer a question.”
  • “It’s cool the way you notice even small changes in the house.”
  • “I see what you are saying, it wasn’t what she said that you didn’t like,
    it was her tone of voice that bothered you.”
  • “I notice when you are rested you enjoy talking about your day.”
  • “That’s a good idea, you really thought about that problem, didn’t you?”


The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extroverted World

How Innies Can Blow Their Horn (on low volume) at Work

  • Write an article for your company newsletter about an interest or project of yours
  • Keep you boss informed: “I licked the last issue, the report will be on your desk in the morning.”
  • Say, ”Thanks, I appreciate hearing that,” when given a compliment


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The Owners Manual For the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research Pierce J. Howard, Ph.D.
  • Easy to read guidebook on the brain, interesting info on introverts and extroverts

The Gift of Shyness: Embrace Your Shy side and Find Your Soul Mate Dr. Alexander Avila
  • While I'm not personally thrilled with the idea of soul mates, this book has a good attitude toward introversion and shyness, and separates them as two temperament aspects

Successful Selling for Introverts: Achieving sales success without a traditional sales personality Thomas M. Murphy
  • Excellent positive book for innie sales people, emphasizing their strengths and how to use them

Shyness: A Bold New Approach Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D.
  • This book promotes “the successfully shy life”-- one of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence. He separates shyness and temperament and gives good tips


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Featured in Parent Map MagazineMarti is featured in a recent ParentMap magazine article, "Quiet Kids: How to Nurture Your Introverted Child," by Laura Mackenzie.