Sonia Cuff, Microsoft: “Introverts Are Shy” and Other Myths

Extract from Sonia Cuff’s article “‘Introverts Are Shy’ and Other Myths”

Hear the word “introvert” and you might picture someone who prefers working alone, preferably wearing headphones. They may be socially awkward and prefer computer games to crowded parties. In fact, that sounds similar to the picture of a stereotypical tech worker.

It makes no sense that the introverted public speaker is a thing, yet you’d be really surprised how many of your favorite tech industry speakers really are introverts at heart. And they have a fabulous range of tricks that make it work. None of which involve picturing their audiences naked (as famously practiced by Winston Churchill).

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