About the Book:
This book is a concise guide to navigating events as an introvert. Introvert or extrovert, we all need support and connections with our peers to build success. Building support and connections, however, can be done in ways that respect your personal talents and needs. After reconsidering the stereotypical introvert and extrovert definitions, you will learn to recognize and manage networking opportunities and build your business relationships from a better understanding of yourself. You will learn to choose networking events that suit your personality, recognize different types of networkers and structure your interaction appropriately, and gain ideas on building your personal and professional network. Event organizers will also find a section on how to welcome and support valuable contributions from quieter, more introverted participants.
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Question Time: With Author Janice Chaka
Can you tell us more about your book “Events for Introverts: The how-to-guide to networking”, what is it about?
Introverts often believe that networking isn’t for them, that these types of events are run by, and full of extroverts, leaving them pushed out and with nothing to gain. Events for Introverts: The how-to-guide to networking shows readers a different way to view networking, and is a practical guide for getting the most out of these social events.
Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
There is no target market for this book – everyone can gain from it. Wherever you fall on the introvert – extrovert spectrum, there will be something you can learn. That’s also the case wherever you live, however old you are, and where you are in your life. The book is designed to help everyone.
“Events for Introverts: The how-to-guide to networking” talks about different methods for Introverts to start building their networks. I can imagine this book would be fantastic for a new starter in a larger firm, as well as people who are introvert. Do you think those who are extrovert could also learn a thing or two from your book?
Even the most extroverted person has some introverted qualities, and even if they can’t see this themselves, then they will need to work with and socialise alongside more introverted people. Whatever stage of your career or business you are at, knowing how introverts think and feel will help you to work with everyone around you in the most effective way possible.
Is “Events for Introverts: The how-to-guide to networking” the sort of book you read once and that’s you done, you know all you need to know. Or would you suggest it as a pocket guide, which you could refer too anytime you needed that boost of confidence, or before a large event?
I definitely think of it as a pocket guide, which is why I kept the book short and sweet. It’s great for a read-through, and then can be kept as a reference to help calm the nerves of someone who has an event coming up or just to bring some ideas to a seasoned professional
Alongside “Events for Introverts: The how-to-guide to networking” do you have any other books, or plans to write more?
Yes, there are other books planned around jobs and careers for introverts as well as hiring for start ups sometime in the future. There is a lot to be said about introverts in business, and I’m looking forward to being able to get that information out there.
Tell us more about you? I believe you have a many years’ experience in Human Resources, amongst other things. What else do you do when you are not writing?
Travel is my other passion. I travel around 9 months of the year, seeing as much of the world as I can. As most of my work is done virtually, it leaves me time to go and see different countries, inspiring me along the way.
If you were not able to write, is there any other creative medium that you would use, and why?
I enjoy creating and running workshops. I travel the world giving workshops on various topics including introversion, and that is something I love. It’s important to remember that everyone learns differently, and it’s important to incorporate everyone’s needs where possible. Personally, I find talking about introversion directly to the public more rewarding as it allows people to see that they aren’t alone in their struggles.
What inspires you to write, are there people, authors, books or world events that encourage you to share your words?
I originally became inspired to write because of my workshops. The length that I can run my face-to-face interactions varies due to external requirements, and often people were left wanting more. On top of that, I had people who couldn’t attend my workshops for various reasons, but they still wanted to know what I had to say. That was where the idea for my books came from.
What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft?
I am going to give the same answer I would give to anyone I mentor – be open to new ideas and don’t stop learning.
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