SUSAN CAIN is the author of Quiet: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, is in its seventh year on the New York Times best seller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Susan one of its Most Creative People in Business. Susan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 20 million times and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks.
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In the interview, Susan and I discuss:
- Why Susan left a high-powered career as a Wall Street attorney to become a writer
- What advice she has for others who are contemplating a career transition
- How she decided to write a book about introversion
- Why all literary agents, except one, Susan approached turned down her book idea
- What Susan did after her editor told her that her book was terrible and advised her to start over from scratch
- How Susan copes with the demands of publicity as an introvert
- How introverts can survive and thrive in networking events and conferences
- How to move beyond small talk to deeper conversation