When introverts are discussed in the business world, it’s usually a conversation about what they should do to “survive.” From networking to collaborative group work (and offices increasingly designed specifically for that), we work in a world where extroverts thrive—and introverts are told they have to fight (read: change themselves) to keep up.
And Susan Cain wants to know why. Author of the New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking, Cain was an introvert from childhood. But she grew up getting the message that she should be more extroverted: “I always sensed deep down that this was wrong, and that introverts were pretty excellent just as they were, but for years I denied this intuition,” she explains.
In a powerful (yet soft-spoken) talk, Cain speaks to just how much the world can benefit from introverts and what needs to change to help them to succeed. Great watching for both introverts and extroverts alike.