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Quiet …in 30 Minutes: A Concise Summary of Susan Cain's Bestselling Book

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Do you know what Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Warren Buffet, and Mahatma Gandhi all have in common? Apart from being iconic leaders, they are all introverts.

Although leadership is often associated with bold confidence and charisma, many great leaders are soft spoken, and often shy, deep thinkers.

In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, best
Paperback, 46 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Callisto Media Inc. (first published August 30th 2012)
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Sep 18, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing
This summary of Susan Cain’s bestselling book was truly fascinating. I'm an extremely extroverted person and take comfort in my ability to talk my way in and out of any situation. I've often admired people who say less but create amazing works of art or inspire action by making their words count. 30 minutes really inspired me to appreciate the value of introverted personalities and to emulate some of their qualities. The author backs up her assertions with smart, well-researched facts ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I recently took the Meyers-Brigs test online only to confirm that I am in fact incredibly introverted (many people confuse introverted with shy, and I'm not the latter just very much the former). I picked this book up very shortly after taking the test and seeing an article on it featured in O Magazine. I didn't have time for the whole book, so picked up the summary. I definitely felt like I got enough info out of it, though I may go back and read the full book at some ...more
Celia Thaxter
Oct 03, 2012 Celia Thaxter rated it it was amazing
The summary of Quiet gives all the important points in chapter heads, overviews, boxes of points and summaries. Perfect for busy people. The trait Cain focuses on has been treated as pathological for generations. Only recently has the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases and Disorders (DSM) removed 'shyness' as a disease. Cain shows how useful the trait can be and offers business executives and school teachers a reason to bring quiet people forward. A complicated subject made sim ...more
Amy Lynn
Sep 18, 2012 Amy Lynn rated it really liked it
Informative Realizations

This summary of Susan Cain’s novel “Quiet” gives you a look inside studies and realizations that can be useful in dealing with introvert/extrovert personalities. This summary of “Quiet” is not written by Cain herself, but is an accurate summary of the points Cain expands upon in her novel. Within this summary you will find descriptions of both personality types, how they function in society and how society views them within the social, school and working environments.
Sep 17, 2012 Jasmine rated it really liked it
I had never actually heard of this book before, but after reading the summary, I'm definitely interested in picking up the full version. The summary does a great job of giving the readers the basic structure and key points of the book itself. Each chapter has three sections: Overview, Summary and Key Points. The overview basically gives the general idea of the chapter; the summary gives more details on what is in the chapter as well as some very useful examples and quotes; The key points highlig ...more
Jennifer C
Sep 13, 2012 Jennifer C rated it really liked it
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is a Concise Summary of Susan Cain’s book “Quiet”! This summary packs a lot of eye-opening facts about and great examples of important introverts in world history. As with the other Concise Summaries I’ve read (they’re irresistibly tiny), the chapter layout is the same as it appears in the full version of Susan Cain’s book (which I contemplated, but then opted for the cheap/quickie). Key points for each are neatly bullet-listed after being generously summari ...more
Todd Mayfield
Sep 11, 2012 Todd Mayfield rated it really liked it
At first I thought this would be a challenging read for me but this summary of the full Susan Cain book about temperaments surprised me, and was a very interesting topic to delve into.

Growing up as more of an introvert, I could really relate to this. Although I’m a bit more assertive now, I offered me a bit of nostalgia still.

It goes into how introverts manage money better because they are more analytical and take less risk. They are known as effective CEOs due to the fact that they listen caref
Keye Lawson
Sep 19, 2012 Keye Lawson rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book and think it serves a great voice for the introverted person. It explores the hidden strengths of introverts and how they are looked over more than an extrovert. The title alone makes the book personal because I consider myself an introvert. Introverts are considered deep and careful thinkers, and the book focuses on respecting introverted personalities and the powers they possess and finding ways to free their characteristics to help their advancement in public leaders ...more
Payal Sinha
Sep 12, 2012 Payal Sinha rated it it was amazing
Quiet in 30 Minutes- an Eye Opener
I simply loved this book both for its compactness and its in-depth content. In a fast moving world where people have a small amount of time to read an entire book, it is really helpful to come across shortened versions of bestsellers and benefit from all their information. Quiet in 30 minutes is a fast read and retains all the original ingredients of Susan Cain’s highly successful book.

The book is all about introverts and how they make a success of their lives.
Natacha Pavlov
Sep 13, 2012 Natacha Pavlov rated it really liked it
Shelves: quicklet
Quiet: In 30 minutes is a highly informational summary of Susan Cain’s hit novel for those who may not have time to read the book (or who, like me, have been on a waiting list to read it for several months!)

Inspired by her family members’ introverted traits—if not by her own as well—Susan Cain was driven to research the differences between introverts and extroverts. The summary highlights that American culture went from emphasizing character to emphasizing personality, resulting in a culture tha
pil rim
Sep 17, 2012 pil rim rated it it was amazing
I'm an introvert, so of course I found this book fascinating. The Summary definitely breaks down Cain’s work into an easy to understand quick read. Cain talks about what introversion is thoroughly and also discusses why extroversion has been so dominant in Western society. She also discusses why the preference for extroverted leaders is not always effective or beneficial to society, and why introverted leaders are sometimes better. The book is broken into more or less four key sections. Cain exp ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Keri rated it it was amazing
A Summary: Quiet…in 30 Minutes – A Concise Summary of Susan Cain’s Bestselling Book is a thorough summary of the bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This book was written by a successful lawyer who felt the need to explain who and what introverts are and how society can benefit from them. The book explains the major differences in extroverts and introverts and how society looks favorably on extroverts; however, introverts tend to be deep and caref ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Shanna3113 rated it really liked it
The full book gets 5 stars, it adds so much :-)
I enjoyed this quick study guide version. It reduces and summarizes the important and helpful concepts without losing the effectiveness. Highly recommend this book for introverts & exteoverts without enough time to read Susan's whole book, extroverts wanting to understand introverts without having to remember much, as well as teachers, coaches, authority figures, camp councilors, family, etc that need a quick understanding of the gentlest perso
Kaleigh Carter
Sep 24, 2012 Kaleigh Carter rated it really liked it
The summary of Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” is a quick read that after a thirty minute sitting will provide its reader with knowledge of introverts and their vast and often untapped potential in a world that revolves around the “Extrovert Ideal”. This guide would be a useful way for introverts to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of their own personality traits. Parents, partners, coworkers, and bosses of introverts will find this summ ...more
Kevin S.
Oct 04, 2012 Kevin S. rated it it was amazing
A valuable and must have companion to an important book
By Kevin S.
Susan Cain’s remarkable book, Quiet is brought vividly into encapsulated focus in Quiet in 30 Minutes. This adroitly written guide succinctly covers all of Cain’s remarkable argument in the defense of introverts in a smooth, and highly understandable, manner. It carefully reviews Cain’s assertions how introversion, which encompasses enlightened thoughtfulness, integrity, and a highly attuned sense of integrity and empathy, is forc
Sep 12, 2012 Gg rated it really liked it
I have always been interested in human behavior, and as a typical extrovert, this work summarizing Cain’s full length book allowed me to gain insight into a personality drastically different than my own.
I was fascinated by Chapter 4,detailing the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to temperament, and found Chapter 10, regarding the communication differences between introverts and extroverts, particularly useful.
I now better understand the thinking, reasoning, and behaviors of in
Oct 16, 2012 Chester rated it it was amazing
A Quick, Thought-Provoking Read

When I was a child, I remember that I’d often give my parents a book that I’d read in a day. A month later, they’d maybe be halfway through. I think they’d have killed for this sort of précis. The 30 Minutes Summary series is a godsend, and I can’t think of a book that needed it more than Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking - after all, in such a world, who has the time to read a 350-page brick of a book? In honor of the s
N Sullivan
Oct 24, 2012 N Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Once again, Garamond Press has delivered another excellent abridgement, this time of Susan Cain’s bestselling Quiet, compacting this excellent source on introverts into a series of concise chapter summaries, theses, and notations completely manageable to any reader. History and science of the so-called “quiet” blend together easily and intriguingly in explanations and analyses of social patterns and societal practices. I had no idea of the advantages I have in everyday life, as a result of a unf ...more
SM Tolhurst
Oct 15, 2012 SM Tolhurst rated it really liked it
Has American culture completely dismissed the greatness of our introverts, despite the success stories of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet? Yes, they are introverts, and I’d never thought of them that way, because despite their success, our culture doesn’t point that out. No, we live in a “culture of personality” that so often dismisses those who choose solitude, and perhaps, through that dismissal, as a society we fail to tap into a greater power among us. This is the consideration given in “A Conc ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Beryl rated it it was amazing
Everyone can benefit from this concise summary of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. We are invited into a world that can still a place within each of us, whether or not silence is our natural milieu. This work reminds us that extroverts and introverts are not diametrically opposed, rather two parts of the same equation. At our cores, we are who we are, but looking over the fence to who we are not might uncork some creative approaches. We all need quiet, but some ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it
Not all introverts have an “inferiority complex” or personal/social shyness, etc. Cain sheds light on introverts and their importance to modern society. She also calls attention to parents, guardians, teachers, etc. to stop pressuring today's youth to conform to the the “Extrovert Ideal”, established in the Carnegie era. The cultural parallels (American v. Asian) on the topic presents pros/cons and helps one understand how introverts & extroverts can balance and benefit from each other in th ...more
Grace Woo
Oct 08, 2012 Grace Woo rated it really liked it
This book is a summary of Susan Cain's longer book - and succinctly explains character traits of introverts, including how they might be judged (passive, weak, etc), and how those assumptions have been historically wrong. As a shy person, I'm glad to find a book that highlights what is wrong with how we've been traditionally been taught to behave. One doesn't need to be raging with charisma, outgoing mannerisms, and public speaking capabilities to be successful. The more quiet, thoughtful way ca ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Agod rated it it was amazing
If you don’t have time to read “Quiet” by Susan Cain, then this summary book is indispensable. It shows how our society has gone from “a culture of character” to a “culture of personality” and how the social expectation of extroversion has taken a toll on the thoughtful, introverted types. This book not only calls attention to a problem in how we operate as a society, but offers solutions on a personal level. It gives advice on how to communicate between extroverts and introverts, how to foster ...more
Chris Treacy
Oct 18, 2012 Chris Treacy rated it it was amazing
Cain’s Quiet presents some remarkable ideas about our reliance on charisma to elect leaders all across the board of life. And yet, despite the focus on alpha personalities, Cain demonstrates that introverted thinkers likely hold some of our most valid, well-thought-out ideas… but we seldom get to hear them through the din of the outspoken front-line. Garamond’s 30 Minute summary brings Cain’s central thesis forward, presenting her arguments with simple paraphrasing and clear bullet points that a ...more
David Morris
Jun 22, 2015 David Morris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
If you haven’t heard of Quiet, it’s an amazing new book that everyone from professionals to parents is using to tap into what they’ve been missing by valuing social skills over intellect. For those of us who haven’t had time to read it, Garamond has published a short summary to get you up to speed. The 30 minute summary breaks down the book for you so you can take advantage of Cain’s amazing insights or just keep up when your friends start discussing it. Don’t miss out on the insights that are a ...more
Martin Rushmere
Sep 27, 2012 Martin Rushmere rated it really liked it
This should make business tycoons and politicians look at themselves.The US has become far too fixed on extroverts as leaders, which has led to quieter, more thoughtful people being overlooked. Much more could be achieved if the nation allowed more inward looking types to come forward, says the 30-Minute Summary of Susan Cain’s Quiet. Their salvation lies in the internet. About time someone stood up for those who spend more time thinking and less time shouting!
Oct 25, 2012 Mavis rated it it was amazing
This book exceeded expectations. There was much more information in this 30 minute summary of Susan Cain’s book Quiet than I would have imagined. The level of insight was amazing and I came away from the book feeling like I understood myself a little better, and learned some key tools in having a more healthy perspective. It is very informative. Five out of Five stars and I definitely recommend it.
Sep 27, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
In a short summary format, “Quiet…in 30 minutes of less” explains the main arguments made in Susan Cain’s full-length book, “Quiet: The Power of Introvert in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” The quick read offers insightful information useful for solving problems that may take place between introverts and extroverts in everyday life, as suggested by Cain.
Nancy Lewis
Dec 14, 2012 Nancy Lewis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Like many books in this genre, the point can be made in much fewer words. Thankfully, this book summary gives the main points of the original book in an easy to understand format. Thanks for saving me time!
Tim Hines
Oct 23, 2013 Tim Hines rated it liked it
I hope the full version of this book was better than the concise summary. Nothing really gained from this one.
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