New Yorker Names Susan Cain's TED Talk One of the Best
Many of the most popular TED talks share a strong narrative and a polished theatrical style. In preparation for her first TED talk, Susan Cain, who’d just published her first book and had little public-speaking background (the book was about introversion), worked with an acting coach, Jim Fyfe, to polish her stage style. Note her narrative reënactment and use of props—a common TED gambit—to turn a counterintuitive, data-based argument about the leadership potential of introverts into a miniature theatre piece. Cain’s début on the TED stage had an exceptional response, getting hundreds of thousands of viral views in its first day online.
A popular public speaker since her TED appearance, Susan Cain shows us that introverts think and work in ways that are crucial to the survival of today's organizations. In the educational context, she argues that forcing introverted children—who make up nearly half of all classrooms—to act like extroverts is, similarly, a serious waste of talent.