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Self-Promotion For Introverts: The Quiet Guide To Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz

The Blurb On The Back:

Get noticed and get ahead!

All too often, introverts get passed over for job offers and promotions while their more extroverted colleagues get all of the recognition. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

In Self-Promotion For Introverts, business communication coach and intrepid introvert Nancy Ancowitz helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments and launch an action plan for gaining career advancement. You will learn to:

- promote yourself without bragging – when networking, on job interviews and at work;

- use your quiet gifts (writing, research and listening) to your advantage;

- be a commanding presenter, despite your quieter nature;

- formulate your best plans, set goals, take action – and even find a better job.

Featuring exclusive advice from Warren Buffet, Bill Clinton, Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black, and marketing guru Seth Godin, Self-Promotion For Introverts helps you progress inward, outward and onward.

Self-proclaimed introvert, Nancy Ancowitz, has written a book intended to help other introverts to promote themselves within work, through encouraging the use of self-assertion and reinforcement techniques and networking mechanisms.

It’s very much a US-focused book, with many of the contributors likely to be unfamiliar to UK readers. In some cases, the so-called contributors have provided little more than sound bites as a result on Ancowitz asking them questions at a press conference. It is also telling that she uses people who identify themselves as introverts, e.g. Bill Clinton, without questioning whether they are in fact introverts.

Most of the techniques that Ancowitz suggests are obvious, e.g writing down refutations to negative self-talk, writing down self-affirmatory statements etc. In addition, some of the social networking techniques that she advocates (e.g. using Linked-In) is more US-focused than UK.

However, she does pull together a range of suggestions into one handy reference place and the tips she offers for preparing for public speaking and job interviews is a good aide memoir if not an earth-shattering revelation. The Americanisms will probably grate with some, but if you can look past it then there are useful tips to take away.

The Verdict:

It’s a very US-focused book and there isn’t anything particularly original about the tips and suggestions on offer. However, it does bring together basic presentation and job interview techniques which will offer a good primer for introverts looking for tips for the first time.

Cross-posted to books and bookworming.

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