We’ve got an incredible Spawned podcast episode this week that we think so many of you will find helpful. We’re chatting with the incomparable author and strategist Morra Aarons-Mele, founder of Women and Work and author of the brand new Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).

Turns out that despite myriad successes (she’s consulted for The Malala Fund, President Obama, the UN Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others), Morra has been crippled by introversion, depression and panic anxiety. But she’s turned those “weaknesses” into strengths and we’re blown away at how she’s dedicating her efforts to help other people like her.

So tune in for great tips on how to cope with a 24/7 world, whether you’re an introvert or just exhausted.

(Spoiler: It doesn’t have to be a 24/7 world.)



Some of the topics we cover:

-How to know if you’re an introvert
-Tips for coping with social anxiety: when to accept and when to overcome.
-Why not everyone needs to “lean in” to be successful
-Dealing with FOMO in the age of Instagram and “achievement porn”
-Creating your own definition of success
-2 outstanding tactics for getting yourself out the door when you just feel like you can’t
-Liz’s trick when she gets nervous before public speaking or a TV appearance
-Kristen describes “The Dreads”
-Why we hate the term “winning your weekend.” (Oy.)

Be sure to subscribe to Spawned on iTunes or your favorite podcast app and download the episode when you listen so you have offline access too!

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A few links from today’s episode

Hiding in the Bathroom by Morra Aarons Mele: Great strategies and tactics for introverts in an 24/7 world

Preorder Hiding in the Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele now! It’s out 9/26.

Morra’s Hiding in the Bathroom podcast.

KJ Dell’Antonia’s article: Am I Introverted or Am I Just Rude?

The psychological, health and professional benefits of smiling.

Tips from Ellen Hendriksen, the Savvy Psychologist 

Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution website

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay

Find Morra at @MorraAM on Twitter

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