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Courage for Introverts: How to Put Yourself Out There Without Selling Yourself Out

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
9:30 am to 11:00 am

Do you have great ideas, but feel afraid to speak up in meetings? Does your ‘inner critic’ often stop you from accomplishing or saying what you really want to?

In the competitive world of work, employees who are outgoing and confident tend to be seen as better leaders, while quieter employees may be left behind. When you hold yourself back from speaking up or from working towards your dreams, not only do you stunt your own growth, but also, you also deny the world the opportunity to learn from and respond to you.

If you have found that you hold your ideas —and yourself — back, join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive workshop that will allow you to investigate the limiting thoughts and patterns that prevent you from presenting your ideas with confidence. Then, using a quick method developed by Mel Robbins, you will be able to give yourself the ‘activation energy’ you need to move past any limiting thoughts you have and to do or say that which matters to you. You will leave this workshop ready to speak up in a meeting or approach somebody who intimidates you, and this new courage very well may change your life.

Speaker: After almost 15 years working in international and community development and with extensive experience advising mid-career, international graduate students on careers in development, Caroline Korda Poole launched Centered Career, a career development consultancy with an emphasis on careers in international development. Prior to creating Centered Career, Caroline was the Assistant Director of Professional Development for the Duke Center for International Development, where she advised mid-career students in the Master of International Development Policy program on jobs and internships. Caroline also worked at Touch Foundation, a social enterprise focused on building health worker capacity in East Africa and launched out of McKinsey and Company's New York Office. Caroline has an MPH from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

This workshop is co-sponsored by The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Questions? Email Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Professional Adaptability