Chic Geek Book Club

The Chic Geek Book Club meets every two months and we explore literature on a range of topics including female leaders, entrepreneurship, technology and startups. It’s a chance to meet some other (really cool) Chic Geeks, learn something new and have a great discussion.

Our August book is Quiet by Susan Cain. Here’s a little information about the book:

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.

What you need to do:

  1. Buy (or borrow) Quiet, by Susan Cain
  2. Read the book
  3. Come ready to discuss!

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  • Jenn E.

    As the only extrovert part of the group this month, I really enjoyed learning from my fellow introverted friends. This is a great book that I'd highly recommend to everyone and anyone who wants to explore their 'quieter' side or understand their introverted friends or coworkers further. Thanks for organizing, Chic Geek ladies!

    August 19, 2013

    • Jennifer F.

      Kylie! I'm an INFJ too.

      August 20, 2013

    • Heather T.

      It's interesting because Ns are rare compared to Ss. I wonder if the nature of Chic Geek tends to especially attract Ns. Glad Jenn is here to help balance us out! :P

      August 20, 2013

  • Eva

    I enjoyed meeting the group and discussing the ideas in the book as well as our experiences.

    August 19, 2013

  • Heather T.

    Had a great time discussing Quiet with everyone! It was really great talking over things with other people who have had similar experiences. Lots of great ideas and several aha moments!

    August 19, 2013

  • Heather T.

    If anyone is interested in taking a Big 5 personality test (frequently mentioned in the book), here's one that's really great. The website looks a little colorful, but research scholars link to it frequently for people to take personality tests on their own time. It's also created by UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Oliver D. John.

    http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/

    2 · August 18, 2013

    • Kylie T.

      Thanks for sharing this Heather - great link!

      August 19, 2013

  • Hannah

    Good company and interesting discussion about Susan Cain's book, quiet. It was great to be able to discuss the ideas with a group of women willing to relate their own experiences!

    3 · August 18, 2013

  • Diane

    Will be in BC for the weekend.

    August 13, 2013

    • Kylie T.

      Too bad you'll miss it, but I'm sure you'll have an awesome time in BC! I hope you had a chance to read the book anyway!

      August 14, 2013

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