Susan Cain

Business, Education, Innovation, Leadership

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  • She is the best-selling author of the groundbreaking book Quiet: The Power of Introverts.

  • Her carefully researched work has called attention to developing introverts' talents in their own unique way rather than expecting them to conform to a world designed for extroverts.

  • She is the co-founder of The Quiet Institute which helps companies raise their performance through engaging the introverts on their team - an estimated 50% of today's workforce.
  • Bestselling author of the ground breaking book Quiet: The Power of Introverts, Susan started a new conversation worldwide about the unique contributions of introverts and how they are undervalued in a society that caters to extroverts. She calls for schools and businesses to reconsider their approach to cultivating their students’ and employees’ gifts, arguing that forcing introverts -who make up at least one-third of the population – to conform to an extroverted system causes wasted talent and energy.

    Susan’s TED talk “The Power of Introverts” is the second most viewed TED talk to date with over 8 million views. Her work has received numerous accolades and press including Fortune magazine, The New York Times, NPR and many more.

    Susan’s mission-based organization Quiet Revolution aims to change the lives of introverts by empowering them with the information, tools and resources they need to survive and thrive. Another one of her projects, The Quiet Leadership Institute has worked with companies like LinkedIn, GE, and Procter and Gamble, teaching their leaders how to unlock the power of introverts and achieve their organization’s full potential.

    Susan’s most recent undertaking is aimed at children as well as their parents and teachers. Her second book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts sets out to empower teens and young adults. Her podcast Quiet: The Power of Introverts debuted in February 2016 as a 10-part series designed to give parents and teachers the tools they need to empower quiet kids.

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      Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts
      Susan Cain believes society overvalues the gregariousness of extroverts and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and in her record-smashing TED talk, Cain explores ways to tap-in to the quieter contingent–in the workplace, the classroom, and elsewhere – whose input we cannot afford to waste.

      Quiet was an instant New York Times bestseller, has been translated into 36 languages, and was one of the most talked about books of 2012. Fast Company named it the #1 book of the year, and called her one of their “Most Creative People in Business” while Inc magazine named her one of the “World’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts.” Cain’s TED Talk set a first-week record with over a million views, and has now been seen over ten million times. It was also named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks.

      Princeton and Harvard Law School educated, Cain practiced corporate law for seven years, representing clients like General Electric, and was a negotiations consultant, where she trained everyone from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college grads navigating their first jobs.

      As a speaker, Cain’s clients have included Fast Company, Microsoft, Google, the US Treasury, Rochester University, Harvard University, Johnson & Johnson, Steelcase, West Point, and the International Women’s Forum, among many others.

      Cain is the recipient of several awards, including Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership. In 2014, Cain partnered with office design company Steelcase to create Susan Cain Quiet Spaces, with a range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology to empower introverts at work.

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    Researcher Susan Cain throws stereotypes aside as she reveals the valuable contributions introverts make to academics, business, and other sectors. An introvert herself, that doesn’t stop Cain from bringing down the house with her own childhood experiences of being pressured to conform to a world that values extroverts.

    Cain explains why it’s beneficial to let introverts cultivate their talents in their own non-extroverted way. She challenges corporate and educational audiences to rethink personal relations, showing organizations how they can start valuing introverts’ differences and tap into their unique gifts.

      A Quiet Revolution: Changing How We Work, Lead and Innovate

      Did you know that many of the most effective business and political leaders possess traits typically associated with introverts (e.g., “soft-spoken,” “quiet,” “thoughtful”) Did you know that some of our most creative and innovative moments come during times of solitary introspection, as opposed to in group or team settings? As todays leaders are all too aware, one of the central challenges of any business is to bring out the best in its employees—employees of vast and varied personality types and abilities. This is true regardless of institution—military, government, private or public.

      Drawing on years of research and the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Susan Cain—best-selling author, Co-Founder of Quiet Revolution, LLC, and renowned expert in leadership and innovation—delivers an enlightening, relatable and practical presentation that will radically change your view of the best way to develop leaders, manage teams, make smart hires and stimulate innovation.

      Quiet Kids: How Our Education System Can Teach Introverted

      A central challenge of any educational system is to bring out the best in all its students. This means providing a robust learning experience for both introverted and extroverted children. Yet too often with introverts—who comprise nearly a half of every classroom—we simply ask them to act like extroverts. This is a serious waste of quiet children's considerable and under-noticed talents, not to mention their energy and happiness.

      In an enlightening and practical talk, Susan Cain shows us that introverted children possess gifts that enhance the culture of any classroom, and are crucial to the survival of our society. Drawing on her original research, compiled over years, Cain answers a plethora of questions, including how and when to use group work, grade on class participation and use social media in the classroom.

      Passionate yet coolly reasoned, Cain will radically change your view of the best way to cultivate the talents of quiet children, develop their leadership skills and create a classroom culture designed for introverts and extroverts alike. This is an urgent and necessary talk for anybody concerned with the state of education today.

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    — Fast Company Magazine, Innovation Uncensored Conference

    “THANK YOU again for the fabulous presentation at the J&J CDTL leadership forum. You received very positive feedback from the group, and [everyone] in the audience felt it was very instructive and impactful. I know many were still talking about it as we finished the day, and I have no doubt [they] will try to take their learning to [their] practice moving forward.”
    — Johnson & Johnson Leadership Forum

    “I cannot underscore what a terrific job you did with your talk and how much of a pleasure it was to have the opportunity to meet you in person. You have outlined an immensely important issue when it comes to promoting more effective personal relations and business success and we are in your debt for both discovering it and then marshalling such passionate and persuasive arguments for why the issue matters. Thank you as well for being willing to sign all the copies of your book that you did.”
    — Rochester University

    “After spending all day yesterday basking in the glow of that marvelous event Tuesday night, I just wanted to send you a personal note thanking you for making the entire event so fascinating and inspiring for so many people. We have received an enormous amount of feedback from the over four hundred people who attended the event indicating that it was the most interesting and inspiring lecture that they have attended in a very long time. Your ability to connect with an audience in a very personal way while imparting fascinating information about all of us is indeed unique. We are proud as an organization to have brought such an interesting and inspiring speaker to our community. Your talk will resonate in the educational community in the Washington, D.C. area for a long time to come.”
    – Parents Council of Washington D.C.

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    Books by Susan Cain:

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

    The book that started the Quiet Revolution

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

    In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

    Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts
    Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves.

    The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids’ world—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You’ll hear Susan Cain’s own story, and you’ll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There’s even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers.

    This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, illustrated with amusing comic-style art, will be eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike.

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