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A practical guide to help introverts harness their natural gifts and entrepreneurial spirit
 
Think you have to be loud and brash to be successful in business? Think again. The strengths and traits of the typical introvert lend themselves well to entrepreneurship, as well as “intrapreneurship” and a range of business roles. In The Introvert Entrepreneur, professional coach
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by TarcherPerigee
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Andrea
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a card-carrying extrovert you might think I wouldn't enjoy this book so much...and you'd be wrong. Yes, it is a book with specific advice for introverts, but more importantly, it's a book written for people who interact with others and need to know how they function best, and how they affect others. Learning how I gain and drain energy, and how others gain and drain energy, has been a light bulb realization for me, and I've found myself far more effective as an entrepreneur, a collaborator, a ...more
Marion Hill
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Introvert Entrepreneur seems like an oxymoronic term. Can an introvert really be an entrepreneur? Well, Beth Buelow makes an excellent case for it in her book titled with the same term. I heard about Beth Buelow from one of my favorite podcasts, The Creative Penn, when she was interviewed by Author-Entrepreneur Joanna Penn. That interview intrigued me about this concept. So, I decided to read her book and listened to Beth’s own podcast to learn more.

Buelow goes into details on how introverts can
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Kawtar Morchid
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2020, d-n-f
There are barely any interesting informations in it.I kept zoning out constantly and that says a lot.
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Thoughts:

This is exactly what I was looking for!

I currently am in a kick of learning my work style, personality type, etc., and came across this book.

The title alone can be a definition of my life. I’m an introvert. And I’m an entrepreneur.

Some people think that introverts are super scared of talking to people and have trouble expressing themselves, but that cannot be further from the truth. In fact, introverts love people – we may
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Jasmeet Salech
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The aspect I liked about the book is the way the author has put the definition of an introvert to support the notion of Introvert Entrepreneur. At certain places, I felt that the obvious things were explained too much but I appreciate the effort that no point was taken lightly.
Greg Bronson
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Beth Buelow is not only a hands-on and useful model to benefit introverts to use their natural strengths to be successful in business – it is well written book that is a joy to read. I can relate to the way she demonstrates how introverts can use their gifts – such as natural inquisitiveness, individuality and the thirst for investigation, exploration and examination because I also am an introvert. She als
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Faris khalifeh
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Introvert Entrepreneur is a must read for both introverts and extroverts - Introverts to learn more about themselves and celebrates their strengths and extroverts to learn about their introvert friends, colleagues, partners and family members so they can have a better relationship, understanding and communication.

Beth approach is so real and authentic - she expresses her challenges and vulnerability while sharing valuable insights and empowering messages.

I found chapter three on “finding you
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Sanmithra Mudigonda
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, women, leadership
Worth a skim if you feel introversion is limiting your business potential, it clearly doesn't. Fairly good points of view and sage advice which made sense. ...more
Karen
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the audiobook. It was good, full of lots of gentle pushes to get your mind whirring and your feet flopping. I like the concept of "expanding your capacity zone" to replace "get out of your comfort zone" because it implies not from bad to good, but from good to better.

Favourite quotes:

Old English proverb: "Fear knocked on the door. Love answered, then no-one was there."

"Nothing says you have to be present every minute of every event."

"The great companies used technology as an accelerator,
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Michael Sandler
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently interviewed Beth Buelow for our show Inspire Nation --and so I got to read an advanced copy of her book---. I'm an outgoing introvert entrepreneur myself. Beth's book does an amazing job at letting me know a bit more about why I am the way I am...and most importantly, how to THRIVE with who I am.

I think this is an amazing handbook for anyone who's on the quieter side and wants to put themselves out there.

I love being with people, it's just that I recharge with an inner journey. Intera
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Saifuddin Salim
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Sorry, I'm so late reviewing this book because I have been busy after a long vacation and mountaineering trip. For your information, I brought this book to my mountaineering trip. This book does hit the introvert in me but yet it at times is boring but good in a way. It like someone is beside me, telling me what I'm even though I know what I'm. It is good kinda a good reminder but I wish Beth Buelow could be more straightforward harsh and dig deeper into construct that she have establish. Of cou ...more
Mark Speed
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author is an extremely well-qualified and experienced coach, and has walked the journey of being an introverted entrepreneur.

I think this is a very practical self-development book if you're new to the fact that you're an introvert. I bought it in the hope that it would help me push outwards in the marketing of my writing. I think the book was somewhat overpriced, and that i could have got the information and advice more succinctly and for free elsewhere - such as the author's website. It was
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Stephanie
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fresh insight on entrepreneurship through the eyes of an introvert. Genius. Love how much real-world wisdom and practical business advice is packed in this book, alongside Beth's (the author) own introvert experience. Really appreciate Beth sharing her own business story and living out her advice right before our eyes.

As a bonus- I discovered the word "ambivert" - which is a balance of introvert and extrovert qualities. Glad Beth included so much context, so I could finally put a label on my own
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Lisa Lantrip
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was ok. It is probably closer to 2.5 than 2 stars for me. I am an introvert and I am working on starting my own business, so I thought it would be very helpful for me. It wasn't bad, but I didn't feel like I really learned a lot from it. I'm pretty self aware, so maybe it would be good for someone who doesn't know much about how to operate in business as an introvert. Just listening to it the past few days has made me more motivated, so I'm not unhappy that I listened to it, but I don' ...more
Christina Rice
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The Introvert Entrepreneur is a great book for introverts who want to understand how to channel their introvert energy in positive ways. What we learn from Beth Buelow is that introvert traits are not hindrances, they are strengths! Once you know how to manage your individual needs, you can do anything. This is a great business manual, no matter what stage of entrepreneurship you're at or which industry you're in. ...more
Rob
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A good summary of the unique strengths of introverts, and how they can use these qualities to become successful entrepreneurs. Practical tips on how they can work well and form effective teams with extroverts. A quick read and a bit repetitive, could use more practical examples, but worth considering.
Chris Mattern
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good insights and inspiring.
Kelli
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full of great information and actionable tips for introverted entrepreneurs. I will probably check this book out again as my business grows.
Sara Hall
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is nice in theory and all but like....who's the audience for this book?? Someone who's never used the Internet? Also can we stop equating introvert with hermit TYYYY... 1.5 :( ...more
Nayef Moukhtar
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Excellent book .. Simply shifts your mind .. One of the best books in 2015 .. I love it.
Aditya Venkat
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The book started off well with the stereotypical mindset differences between an introvert and an entrepreneur and explores the principles behind their exhibited behaviour and what is going on in their respective minds at the time.

This slowly branches off into what I believe is a very narrow definition of an entrepreneur being an online coach or a blogger. I understand this is the author’s career that is being spoken about but a great book is one that is able to generalise either by asking quest
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Tara L. Campbell
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Overall, a great book for the tentative introvert who needs encouragement to strike out on their own. The content isn't bogged down with excessive commentary or examples which makes it a fast-paced read that boosts confidence while remaining true to the ideals of authenticity and persistence.

For those who are older, or have already figured out how to work around the complication of being an introvert in an extrovert's world (especially in the realm of business), a lot of the content is what we a
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Carrie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Part platitudinal primer on starting your own business, part insightful points that speak directly to introverts and their needs and experience. If you haven’t read any other books on introversion or starting a business, it’s a great intro - if you have, you won’t learn much new; at times it felt too generalized (believe in yourself, write a blog, think about public speaking, pick your collaborators wisely) rather than diving deeper into strategies and concrete examples that work for introverts. ...more
Fer Tostado
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever thought that you are way to shy? that you are not able to lead people? o not enough capable to hustle for your business? Nobody said that the best sellers are the loudest or those with the biggest smile. It's okay to accept that people drain a lot of energy and you are thankfull when you are alone. This book can lead you through great business tips and better understanding of you as an introvert, which is not equal to the death as a future business leader.

I enjoyed most of the read
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Lori Zavada
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This book started off great helping the introvert to analyze who he or she is in terms of behavior and preference for gaining energy. However, by the middle, it was a bit boring. The tips were elementary and things I feel most readers already know, especially when talking about how to use social media to market and sell and build relationships to further a business. I found the second half less interesting than the first part.
Fatihatul Insyirah
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really love this one! Speaks to me on so many levels by acknowledging the struggles of an introvert but with a burning passion for business. The key to business is communication but it is also the downfall of an introvert. So instead of mourning over it, or viewing it as inadequacy, the writer lists bite sized but practical tips on how to utilize the introvert power and turn the tables around. <3
Miranda Lynn
Did not finish. I actually ended up quitting this book after just the first chapter. I might not even have gotten that far. Although the book was supposed to be geared towards introvert entrepreneurs (of which I am one), it surprisingly just didn't speak to me. I read this as part of a book club and my friends felt the same way; only a handful of us enjoyed this one. ...more
Nicholas Ball
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read enough management or introvert books to be the best judge of them but I felt this book was based with insight and practical tips, it covered a lot more than I was consulting it for but the tips behind my current scope seemed well structured and clearly explained. A fine book, even if you're not particularly entrepreneurial. ...more
Charity
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book reassured me that being an introvert is okay and you can be successful being an entrepreneur. This book teaches you how to tap into your strengths in any environment that normally I dread on the day to day basis on trying to grow my business. Great read and would recommend to any introvert looking for answer on how to grow their business without compromising on who they are.
Tamara
A great book! As a Highly Sensitive person with introversion in my personality, this was the perfect book for me. (A lot of what people take to be about introversion is actually about the Highly Sensitive temperament). Definitely recommend for anyone who is Highly Sensitive (with intro- or extro-version in their personality) and starting or on the journey of creating a business.
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Beth Buelow, PCC, serves as a guide to introvert entrepreneurs who want to amplify their strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. She is a professional coach, author, and speaker, is based in the Pacific Northwest and serves introverts worldwide. Her podcast, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” was recently named as one of the top 25 business podcasts for entrepreneurs by Entre ...more

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