Charge Up Your Introvert Voice: interview with Donna Price

Did she really ask that?

Did I really say that?

We met on LinkedIn and if you are on LinkedIn you know how these things happen.

Meet Donna Price, Business Coach, Innovator, and Facilitator, who was intrigued by my book Communication Toolkit for Introverts and invited me to be a guest on her BlogTalkRadio channel.

It was interesting learning her take on introversion too.

As much as I rehearse a presentation, I am always ready to mix up something I hadn’t planned to say. You can fast forward to any of these particular and approximate minute designations (minutes in) for key points in the conversation.

Charge Up Your Introvert Voice: interview with Donna Price


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2:05 Donna asks me to talk about how it is a publisher asked me to write a book, rather than me submitting queries to publishers to do this?

3:00 One key the publisher weighed in their decision to say yes to a counter proposal. (Note: this is a big thank you to all of my regular blog readers!)

5:49 What was Donna chuckling about when she said she took the MBTI(c)? (Myers Briggs Type Indicator(c)

7:00 If you didn’t think as an introvert you could succeed, let alone be in sales, here’s some of my back-story.

7:40 What is the qualifier that helps you determine if you’re more introverted or extroverted, assuming you don’t yet know.

Peoples affect on introverts

Peoples affect on introverts

10:10 How introvert and extrovert behavior can differ on a snow day.

11:04 Donna asks me, what are some best practices to revitalize when it’s a full day of business?

14:30 We start talking about the six essential communication skills included in Communication Toolkit for Introverts.

16:06 A brief overview of how each book chapter is set-up for the best use of a reader’s time.

17:15 What is the fundamental difference between communication styles of the more introverted and extroverted person? 

20:43 Donna asks, if you are in a group of extroverts how do you get your chance to find an opening to speak up? Learn how to create a strong position for yourself to make your voice heard.

25:32 Would you be so bold to start a meeting the way one particular leader starts his meetings?

26:50 It’s a wrap. It went by so fast Donna said she didn’t get to ask all she wanted to. She asked for my best advice.

29:08 Why I shared so many stories of failure in my career throughout this book?

There you have the highlights of this 30-minute interview about the introvert in communication in business situations.

Do you have a best tip for making your voice heard in business meetings?

Do you like listening to interviews like this more than reading say, a blog post which would effectively offer similar tips, techniques?


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  1. Thanks for great interview Patrica. Was so interesting. I had never really thought about the specific needs of Introverts in business, but can definitely see that there are many. AND as we discussed many people misunderstand what an introvert truly is.

    You provided great information for people.
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  2. WOW, that was really cool Patrica. I loved your candor and how you were so authentic in all that you said. It shows that you really know your subject. I picked up a few tips on the part about how to find ways to speak up in a way that you’re heard and not glossed over. Very cool stuff. It was an awesome interview… I think I’ll go listen to it again. 🙂
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  3. Excellent news about the interview on the radio, Patricia. That’s good promotion for your book. In my opinion CommunicationToolkit for Intorverts is a very intelligent and well written book. It will benefit not only introverts but extroverts. So if you have not read it yet, I recommend you do. You will find my reviews on it on the following websites: Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and Google Books.
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    • Patricia Weber

      Catarina you know I have appreciated your reviews for cCommunication Tool kit for Introverts. Thank you for listening to this interview.

  4. Patricia, Congratulations on this radio interview – I really enjoyed it and it has to do wonders for your book. I also enjoyed learning a bit more about you. Your last bit of advice is right on “Focus on your strengths, if you don’t know what they are, find out.” That is such a basic place to start. Again, congratulations.
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  5. Such an introspective perspective that I love. Congratulations with the interview and the book!
    You are a role model of vulnerability as as strength for all introverts ( and for extroverts).

  6. Beth Niebuhr

    What a cool interview. I love that you are always ready to mix it up with things that weren’t planned. Great advice for other introverted people. Congratulations!
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  7. Snow days. There have probably been a lot of them in Newton, N.J., this year. I sympathize with the guy who wants to head out to Starbucks no matter how much snow is one the road. You can’t spend your life skirting bad weather, especially when the bad weather keeps coming back.
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  8. Donna Janke

    Interesting interview. I could relate to you advice on how to deal with meetings. I always did better and could make myself heard when I was VERY prepared. Good luck with the book.

  9. Jacqueline Gum

    Fabulous interview!!!! Woo Hoo! Lots of good stuff in this interview, Patricia and great support for your very remarkable work! Highly recommend, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading this work. Great read……………..
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    • Patricia Weber

      Jacqueline thanks so much for listening to this interview about Communication Toolkit for Introverts. It was totally fun. And thanks so much for your compliment.

  10. What great timing to be on a podcast AND a book release. That will catapult you in the rankings on Amazon, for sure. Great interview – I thoroughly enjoyed it. To answer your question, I prefer reading blogs than listening to a podcast. I’m not one to listen while I drive and at home, I get distracted. And to think, I was a radio show host for over a year! Go figure. Best of luck on your book and congratulations.
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    • Patricia Weber

      Laurie it was good timing for sure. If it helps improve the rankings (great reminder for me to check what category the publisher put it it!) that’s an extra benefit I hadn’t considered. I’m more of a visual person too so I had to figure out, “how do I help to engage people to listen to this interview?” Hoping the key points and where they are heard helped.

  11. Great interview with some very helpful pointers! Preparedness is key for how I function, though I have been getting better at being more spontaneous 🙂

  12. Greats nervier, and good to hear your voice Pat!! I particularly liked the part about being told an introvert couldn’t do certain things, but ignoring the common wisdom and doing them anyway. Yeah!
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  13. What a contribution you are making, Patricia! Your comment about finding out what your strengths are if you don’t know them reminded me of an assignment I once did. We were to ask people we knew to tell us outright and honestly what they saw as our strengths. Frankly, I was floored by the insightful responses. Very helpful and encouraging. People felt honoured to be asked too. 🙂
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  14. Congratulations on the podcast! That is really wonderful! I will say that while I often don’t feel like an introvert when in a work situation, I am extremely quiet during meetings. I think I get so wrapped up in my own thoughts and listening to everyone else that I somehow forget to speak up or articulate what I am thinking. As a teenager, my Mother became irate when a teacher suggested I was hoarding all my good ideas for my written work. I liked the boss who started meetings with silence…a very novel approach.
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  15. Enjoyed your post Patricia! To work backwards, I’m a reader and rarely listen to podcasts and if I follow a link to a post and find out it’s a video I’ll more than likely move on. As far as holding my own in meetings, depends on the nature of the meeting. Like many other Introverts I’m not a fan of brainstorming, but if I have an agenda ahead of time so I can prepare then I am far more likely to jump in and be an active participant. When I run a meeting or if I’m a speaker at a meeting, I have developed my own style which relies heavily on visuals and telling stories. I’m also big on eye contact and getting the audience involved because it helps me to connect with them.
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  16. Congratulations Patricia, this is really big news and I am very happy that you were afforded this opportunity.
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  17. Congratulations Patricia. What a wonderful opportunity to promote your book. Enjoyed listening to your interview.
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  18. Jeannette Paladino

    Pat — I’ll be honest. I didn’t listen to your interview, although I’m sure it was chock full of good information. I don’t listen to podcasts because I become very impatient. I can read much faster and get the same information. I think it’s because I live in New York and don’t own a car. If you live in the ‘burbs then podcasts are an excellent use of your time when you’re stuck behind the wheel in a traffic jam at rush hour.
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    • Patricia Weber

      Jeannette I get what you are saying – about impatience in listening to podcasts and such. I listen to what I do listen to with encounce’s mySpeed. I used to use QuickTime Players playback speed adjuster on my iMac to speed up everything from 1x to 1.6 to 1.7 times faster. But it didn’t work with everything so, a few years ago I paid a nominal amount for mySpeed. People do NOT sound like chipmunks and there is NO loss of understanding.
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