We’ve talked about how extroverts communicate. But outward-focused extraverts are only half the population — what if you’re not one of them? Are You an Introvert? Susan Cain’s wonderful book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking has focused some welcome attention on introverts, and how society short-changes us. Cain Read More
For Job Interviews, Be the Expert on Your Own Success
Many people have trouble talking about their achievements: Introverts can get nervous when the spotlight points our way; Many women have been taught to not “brag” about themselves; and People who are shy or have the Helper public speaking personality can worry that highlighting their own accomplishments will take credit away from the team. All Read More
The MBTI Lets Me See Inside Your Head
Lots of people have encountered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In school or at a former job, they got handed a questionnaire with 93 repetitive items, were told to fill it out, and that was that. Or maybe somebody mumbled a few words to them afterwards about their type. That’s a shame, because when the Read More
Your Public Speaking Personality: Are You an Experiencer?
If you love action, immediacy, and “hands on” work, your public speaking personality might be Experiencer. Experiencers have also been called First Responders, Artisans and — by Hile Rutledge, my MBTI trainer —”God’s Forgotten Children.” God’s Forgotten Children?? What’s up with that? Well, it means that Experiencers often “can’t get no respect.” They’re the smart kids Read More
Public Speaking Styles: Are You an Improver?
This is the third post in my series on the four public speaking personalities. We’ve talked about Reliables and Helpers, and today’s post is about the Improvers. (For another valuable angle on your public speaking personality, learn whether you’re an Introvert or an Extravert.) “If I Only Had a Brain” Just as Dorothy Gale, heroine of the Wizard Read More