31 October 2012 by thaliakr
How’s this for ouchily insightful?
There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.
Her bio and introduction to the talk is below, or you could just press play.
Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant — and a self-described introvert. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts, notes Cain in her new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology and on prolific interviews, she also explains why introverts are capable of great love and great achievement, not in spite of their temperaments — but because of them.
I remember in a Myers-Briggs workshop with the wonderful Nita and Bob, the exercise for testing out whether you were more on the introvert end of spectrum or the extravert end was to go away in two groups. The (possible) introverts were instructed to write a list of things they’d always wanted to tell extraverts. The extraverts were told to… listen to the introverts.
So: we’re listening! Introverts: what would you like to tell the extraverts of the world?