The Introvert's Guide to Success in the Workplace
Becoming Confident in a Culture of Extroverted Expectations
"Mike masterfully pulls back the curtain on the struggles introverts face in the workplace and offers easy solutions that won't compromise who you are (or exhaust you in the process)."--Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Soundtracks
"As an introvert, I learned the hard way that trying to be someone you're not leads to burnout, not success. This is a must-read for any introvert who wants to truly thrive in their work, not by changing who they are but by fully embracing their God-given strengths."--Holley Gerth, bestselling author of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
As an introvert, do you ever feel like the things you're best at--deep thinking, keen observation, focused listening, and strategic planning--are not highly valued in your workplace? Have you ever been passed over while the extrovert in the next office is rewarded? Do you feel like you have to pretend to be someone you're not in order to get ahead?
Just because your greatest strengths are internal doesn't mean your workplace doesn't need them. In fact, your skills are essential! In this book, communication expert Dr. Mike Bechtle shows you how to capitalize on your unique strengths so that you can reach your full potential with confidence and authenticity. He shows you how to
· learn to "speak extrovert"
· manage your energy for peak performance
· create influence through gentle persuasion
· customize your work environment
· communicate with confidence
· and much more
This simple, actionable advice can change your work life--starting today.
"The most balanced team is one that covers a multitude of strengths and skills. When introverts and extroverts stop competing for space and start filling the gaps, powerful things can happen. Mike masterfully pulls back the curtain on the struggles introverts face in the workplace and offers easy solutions that won't compromise who you are (or exhaust you in the process)."
Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Soundtracks
"As an introvert, I learned the hard way that trying to be someone you're not leads to burnout, not success. I wish I'd had the wisdom, insights, and practical steps Mike Bechtle offers in this book years ago. This is a must-read for any introvert who wants to truly thrive in their work, not by changing who they are but by fully embracing their God-given strengths."
Holley Gerth, bestselling author of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
"In my work with professional speakers, I regularly mentor introverts who feel limited by their temperament. The Introvert's Guide to Success in the Workplace dissolves those myths, providing a logical, step-by-step process for introverts to achieve the same (or even greater) impact than their extroverted peers. Every introvert needs this resource in their library if they want to claim their spot as a top performer in any field!"
Grant Baldwin, author of The Successful Speaker and founder and CEO of The Speaker Lab
"This book is one of a kind. Other books on this subject have convinced us that it's OK to be an introvert. This one makes it extremely practical, helping us to capitalize on the strengths of our temperament and translate them into success skills for work and life. It's not a how-to book on how to pretend to be an extrovert; it's a useful, helpful handbook on being our best selves so we can contribute powerfully and thrive authentically in the world we share with extroverts."
Ken Gonyer, former CEO of Choice Books
"Whoever said 'the loudest person wins' was just plain wrong. From his own personal and professional experience, author Mike Bechtle demonstrates that being introverted is not a handicap. It's not even a weakness. In fact, it's a strength working in our favor when understood and used properly. In his engaging writing style, Bechtle combines scholarship, story, and practical and proven action steps to help introverted readers engage the ever-present creative tension between acceptance and adjustment--accepting our personality in a healthy way while also making adjustments that are both meaningful and manageable to become the best version of ourselves. With a focus on the workplace, the principles in this outstanding book apply to solopreneurs, business owners, executives, managers, team leaders, and employees. In other words, if you're an introvert with a job, you need to read this book!"
Ramon Presson, PhD, licensed counselor and author of When Will My Life Not Suck?
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