Jun 112012

I’ve already said it (and recommended it a handful of times in offline conversations), that Michael Hyatt‘s new book Platform is the best book about leveraging social media I’ve seen in 12+ years, and his team’s promotional efforts have put it on the bestsellers lists.

And as I’ve recently launched a new podcast, Social Media Church, I’m listening in on other podcasts to get into the groove. Good to see Michael Hyatt has a podcast up and running, and jealous of how he’s got a show transcript transcribed for each episode too. I don’t know of a podcast transcription service, yet, so I’ll ask you if you know of one – please add a comment and let me know. (and Michael’s too smart to be transcribing on his own.)

Before I add my thoughts on this, here’s is an excerpt from one of Michael Hyatt’s podcast transcripts, that answers one of those frequently asked questions by introverts:

Rebecca Livermore: Hi Michael, this is Rebecca Livermore from professionalcontentcreation.com. The question I have for you is what is the best way for people who are introverts who maybe don’t like getting up in front of people, speaking, or going to live events and networking to build a platform? Thanks so much.

Michael Hyatt: Rebecca, there is a lot I could share about this. Let me just say to begin with that I am an introvert myself. I am very introverted. I’m naturally shy in a group of people. I kind of keep to myself. I don’t draw energy from people. Over time I’ve learned to kind of turn it on hopefully in a genuine and authentic way.
The way I do that is I make it about the other person. I try to be really naturally inquisitive so if I’m in a room of people trying to network I’m not there self-promoting. I don’t do that very well. I love to ask questions and find out more about other people, and as it turns out other people’s favorite topic and subject to talk about is guess what? Themselves. That’s right. So I think if you make it about that it will help you to focus less on yourself, more about them, and put you at ease.

Having said that, I do think you’re going to have to put yourself out there. If you’re going to build a platform, you’re going to have to move outside of your current comfort zone.

What I’d say about introverts and platforms is this: that social media makes it easier for introverts to modulate when s/he uses her energy to engage with people, as draining as that may be for the true introverts. By contrast, when you’re in a crowded room with lots of people around, or whatever kind of social public space, you don’t readily have the option to disengage unless you intend to come across anti-social. But, with social media, because of its asynchronous mode (for most of its popular uses), you can decide when to use it, and when to unplug and recharge. And, of course, there are other ways to build a platform, and you probably don’t want to use just social media to do your platform-building, if you’re looking to build one large enough for some reason or another.

Oct 252009

Earlier this week, I put an anonymous poll out to my peeps, with this simple question: “For those who know me from offline or online, how much of a people person am I?”

I don’t think of myself as the consummate people person, whatever that means. I confess that my personal visceral reaction when I see a person with a big toothy smile is a tinge of suspicion, that they’re hiding something, have an agenda, or out of touch with reality of life that’s a mix of ups and downs.

So I put out the poll to get myself a reality check, because how I see myself is only a part of what’s real via self-awareness. To not be self-deluded, there’s also being open to what others see. And, there’s also what no one sees or knows — what only God knows.

It was strongly suggested for me to read John Maxwell’s Be a People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships. I got the book out, again, to learn more of what I may have missed. Now, back to the issue at hand.

How do you describe what is a “people person” anyways? I think the label would have a wide range of perceptions and definitions, as does the labels introvert and extrovert. Extroverts recharge themselves by being with others, while introverts recharge by being alone.
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May 112009

This article 19983-1medin American Way magazine caught my attention — and aggravated my personality confusion again. At the bottom of the article is this chart with characteristics of extroverts (outies) and introverts (innies):


  • talk first, think later
  • seek out other people
  • are transparent, easy to read
  • tend to be “babbling brooks”: people often tune them out
  • draw energy from other people


  • think first, talk later
  • prefer going solo
  • show fewer facial expressions
  • don’t speak up too often: people tend to tune in when they do
  • are energized by time spent alone


I highlighted my characteristics in BOLD above, i.e. seek out other people + transparent + draw energy from other people + think first, talk later + show fewer expressions + don’t speak up too often. So what am I? Extrovert or introvert? Being alone drives me NUTS.

More than enough to give me a personality complex.

Now I lay me down to sleep. Gotta get up for an early morning meetup.