TED 2012 is happening right now and this woman is on my radar. A few months ago I came across a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. I may look like an extrovert, but I value solitude and I value the so-called ‘quiet ones’. Why? Sometimes we need quiet, and those who are quiet, to hear new ideas. Hopefully Susan Cain’s talk will upload shortly.
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Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, is an introvert. So as she gets up to present from the TED2012 stage, bag in hand, it is not a comfortable experience. But it’s an important one, and that’s the point.
Her family grew up reading — they would read together and bring books on trips. That’s how they were social. She tells a story of going to camp at age 9. Her mother packed her a bag full of books to read quietly, the normal thing her family did on vacation, thinking camp would be the same, “I had a vision of ten girls sitting in a cabin reading books in their matching night-gowns.” But when she got to “Camp Rowdie” (as they spelled it), she was ridiculed the first time she read her book, for not…
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