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Don't Get Pushed Around: An Introvert's Guide to Getting What You Need at Work

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What do You Need at Work

Ilise Benun

Don't Get Pushed Around: An Introvert's Guide to Getting What You Need at Work

Ilise Benun

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9. What do You Need at Work


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1 Introduction to Workshop Duration:06:08
3 Defining Confidence Duration:06:31
4 When do You Need Confidence Duration:12:57
5 Your Confidence Meter Duration:05:19
6 Getting to Know Yourself Duration:04:47
7 Doing Shy Duration:09:03
8 When Fear Gets in the Way Duration:09:29
9 What do You Need at Work Duration:02:28
10 Getting to Know Everyone Else Duration:07:13
11 Learn to Read People Duration:04:06
12 Are You Listening Duration:02:42
13 Skills for Networking Duration:06:18
14 Tools for Connecting Duration:07:11
16 Skills for In Person Meetings Duration:06:14
17 Presenting Your Work Duration:06:03
18 Playing Other Roles Duration:05:17
19 Skills for Virtual Meetings Duration:04:54
20 Effective Communication Tools Duration:03:11
21 When to Write Duration:06:05
22 When to Call or Text Duration:03:22
24 Boast-free Self Promotion Duration:03:24
26 Call to Action Duration:04:31

Lesson Info

What do You Need at Work

What do you really need at work? Do you need time to think and focus? I do. Can you have it? Jason Fried from Basecamp did an amazing TED talk called Why Work Doesn't Get Done at Work and he basically talks about the fact that it's a constant interrupting environment and so, no work gets done and he makes suggestions actually for how to make it possible to get work done at work. How unreasonable it is, to think nowadays that people could actually get their work done at work. So if that's a problem for you, you need to do something about it. How can you affect the work environment where you work, to say maybe we could change this, maybe we could have, he suggested, Thursdays, silence. No one talks to anyone on Thursdays because that's the day to get work done, right? Anything like that, whatever you need, but if you need time to think and focus to get your work done then you need to ask for it. Do you need no interruptions? Do you need more resources? That means more time, more money, m...

ore people to help you. You need to know and you need to ask for them which doesn't mean you're going to get it but you need to be able to speak up and take that action and ask for it. Do you need fewer meetings? It seems to me, many people need fewer meetings. What else do you need at work, right? What are you looking for at work? Do you need professional development and mentorship? Do you need community? Is that why you go to work because that's where your people are? Do you work remotely and if so, what do you need to not be so isolated? Do you need money? I think most of us do. Do you need recognition? Do you need someone to pat you on the back or is it enough for you to know you did the best you could. Right, what do you need and how do you get it. Do you need security in your job? Good luck, because it doesn't seem to me there is much job security out there these days, right? Do you need to be liked by the people at work, by your clients, by your boss? If so, you may not speak up for yourself. You may not get respect if what you're looking for is being liked, right? Do you need respect at work? These are all the things you need to know about yourself so that you can go get them.

Class Description

When it comes to getting ahead in the world of work, it seems that those who are bold, confident and willing to speak their minds are the ones who get the choicest projects and the loftiest promotions.

But what if you’re an introvert? What if you hate being the center of attention, get nervous before presentations, and avoid contact with your colleagues and superiors? Are you destined to remain on the lowest rungs of the corporate ladder?

According to Ilise Benun, an author and teacher known as the Marketing Mentor, the answer is an emphatic “No!” Ilise has created a treasure trove of tools and techniques to help the shyest and quietest among us succeed in the workplace. She’ll show you how to embrace your introversion while also learning the skills you need to advance your career and become a leader at work.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Conquer your shyness and present yourself confidently.
  • Assert yourself when you need to, speak up at meetings and get recognized.
  • Take the credit you deserve for your accomplishments.
  • Communicate your strengths and what you’re capable of to the right people.
  • Identify when you’re feeling shy or fearful and how to handle it.
  • Observe other personality types and adjust your behavior accordingly.
  • Develop your confidence with concrete exercises.
  • Find your personal networking style so you can get what you want.
  • Improve your communication, presentation and meeting skills.



It was interesting to learn from your program what experiences other people have in certain situations and how similar or different they are to mine. And that’s it’s ok to “own” your inner introvert, and to work with it instead of against it. The good thing is, the more self-aware we become, the more aware and sensitive we can be towards others, thanks to shared knowledge and programs like yours. So thank you Ilise, for an enlightening program. I look forward to going back over it sometime.

Laurie Hagedorn

Ilise Benun is so easy to listen to! The information and messages she shares with us are valuable, up to date, and easily understood! I can't wait to hear more from her and will refer her to others who will benefit from her lessons!

Tiffany Butler

Perspective is everything. I left feeling more comfortable with the idea that life, as Ilise puts it, "is an experiment," and I don't have to know everything in order to be good at what I do. I can learn, adapt and modify as I go. The fear of being "found out" is what keeps plenty of us needlessly hiding behind the mask of introversion. Another big takeaway—don't assume you know what others are thinking/doing. I break this rule routinely and assume the worst, which is almost never the reality of the situation. I made it my NY resolution to stop doing that! Thanks, Ilise.