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The Flourishing Introvert Talks

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Even though around half of any population identify as introverts, this is one aspect of diversity and inclusion that is often overlooked. Every Thursday join flourishing introvert and TEDx speaker Joanna Rawbone MSc, as she explores the costly challenges that introverts face on a regular basis. With… read more

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Ep 132 Adapting Authentically

August 17th, 2022


The catalyst for this episode was a morning spent at Joanna's favourite local spa and community garden with her husband Tony. On the way home, they struck up a conversation about the importance of adapting to the …

Ep 131 Flourishing Personified with Woody Rini

August 10th, 2022


In this episode, Joanna gives a warm welcome to her special guest, Woody Rini. Woody is the author of Help, I'm Overwhelmed: A 4 step method for escaping life's rip currents, which must surely be a book whose time has …

Ep 130 Introverts and Friendships

August 3rd, 2022


We all know that us Introverts can oftentimes be self-contained and that we tend to project an image that we don't need friends. But as Joanna said, "We always need someone whom we can really trust, who understands and …

Ep 129 Wellbeing for introverts in the workplace

July 27th, 2022


We’re hearing a lot about wellbeing in the workplace, but how many managers and leaders recognise that working in a business biased towards extraversion negatively impacts an introvert’s wellbeing. 

Join Joanna as she …

Ep 128 Challenges faced by introverted women in STEM

July 20th, 2022


Having spent 19 years in Telecoms, Joanna recognises the battles being faced by Introverted women in STEM careers. The challenges It's a mix of gender this field of work—to achieve gender equality as well as shift the …

Ep 127 Learning the hard way - why recharging is not the same as replenishing

July 13th, 2022


Sometimes as introverts we can feel depleted to the point where physical downtime is not enough to revive our energies, and for the last couple of …

Ep 126 Uninvited and unwelcome guests

July 6th, 2022


As introverts, we already know the importance of purposefully setting aside time to recharge our batteries to avoid Introvert Burnout. And yet at …

Ep 125 What Is The Extraversion Bias?

June 29th, 2022


Ever since Joanna started working on her commitment to being an advocate for her fellow Introverts, she has been repeatedly asked this same question, "What is the Extraversion Bias?"


In this short and important …

Ep 124 Flourishing Personified with Melynda Benlemlih

June 22nd, 2022


In this episode, Joanna is in conversation with Melynda Benlemlih, who founded Cognitive Agility in 2013. Melynda has over 20 years of experience in Human Capital Management and Organizational Development, and is a …

Ep 123 Do You Feel Safe To Say What Needs Saying?

June 15th, 2022


After conducting virtual courses over the last couple of weeks, Joanna was repeatedly asked to share a piece of advice about handling difficult …

Ep 122 Sometimes We Just Need To Stop

June 8th, 2022

With a strong commitment in her mission, Joanna has been slow in asking for help so feels she has been carrying the weight of 'all the things'. Working at this pace with an ever-increasing to-do-list, seems to have …

Ep 121 Do You Talk Yourself Into Things Or Out Of Things?

June 1st, 2022


During a recent group coaching session, Joanna's coach made an observation that caused her to reflect. This proved to be the catalyst for this yet …

Ep 120 Personal Boundaries Refined

May 25th, 2022

Having faced an unexpected issue, Joanna realised she needed to revisit her boundary setting and maintenance process. Her recent experience informs this episode where she captures her clarified, updated, and refined …

Ep 119 Can You Be Who You Really Are?

May 18th, 2022


On a Saturday morning at her local Green Farm Spa, Joanna hears a passage from Melody Beattie's book, Journey to the Heart, read by the professional …

Ep 118 The Courage of Your Convictions

May 11th, 2022


With a good deal of content circling introvert groups about regretting the moments people have chosen to speak up, Joanna takes this episode to remind us of the importance of speaking up when we have something decisive …

Ep 117 We Need To Talk About Procrastination

May 4th, 2022


With a to-do list longer than both her arms, Joanna takes this short and sweet episode to have a word with herself about procrastination. 


Listen in as she dissects her own procrastination, as well as the most common …

Ep 116 Flourishing Personified with Kellie Daab

April 27th, 2022


In this episode, Joanna sits down with the self-described Highly Sensitive CEO, Kellie Daab. Tune in as Kellie shares her path to discovering and embracing her HSP. Now working with other highly sensitive persons (HSP), …

Ep 115 Will You Still Need Me

April 20th, 2022


Recently turning 64, Joanna reflects on the words from the popular Beetles song “When I’m Sixty-Four” and her commitment to rattling the cages of …

Ep 114 Leading In An Emerging Future | The Introverted Leaders Series, Part 12

April 13th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 113 Leading Yourself | The Introverted Leaders Series, Part 11

April 6th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 112 How Far to Flex | The Introverted Leaders Series, Part 10

March 31st, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 111 Motivation and the Role of the Leader | Introverted Leaders Series, Part 9

March 24th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 110 Finding Your Leadership Style | The Introverted Leader Series, Part 8

March 17th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 109 Managing in Uncertain Times | The Introverted Leader Series, Part 7

March 10th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 108 Carol, A Very Real Case Study | The Introverted Leadership Series, Part 6

March 3rd, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 107 How to Manage Performance Effectively | The Introverted Leadership Series, Part 5

February 24th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 106 Coaching Moments | The Introverted Leadership Series, Part 4

February 17th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 105 The Art of Delegation | The Introverted Leader Series, Part 3

February 10th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 104 Giving & Receiving Feedback as an Introvert | The Introverted Leader Series, Part 2

February 3rd, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 103 The Introverted Leader Series, Part 1

January 27th, 2022


As Joanna is working more and more with introverted managers and leaders, Flourishing Introverts introduces a series of episodes devoted to leadership and management, and how as introverts, we need to approach those …

Ep 102 How to Say No in the Workplace and be Taken Seriously

January 20th, 2022


Many introverts have difficulty finding their own voice, especially when it comes to saying no. From years or even decades of being told to be …

Ep 101 Mindset & Mayhem

January 13th, 2022


With the excitement and anticipation of future projects, Joanna is struggling to find her stillness these days. Examining why she is so “shaken up”, in this episode, your host discusses the value of stillness and facing …

Ep 100 What a Way to Start a New Year

January 6th, 2022


Setting the tone for your new year, Flourishing Introverts summarizes some of the key points from its most popular episodes to date. Sharing how her …

Ep 99 Reflections on Another Year

December 30th, 2021


A fitting time to reflect on what has been this year, your host considers the highlights and lowlights of 2021, month by month. Focusing on the positives as well as lessons learned from the challenges, Joanna shares her …

Ep 98 Have You Ever Thought ‘Stop the World, I Want to Get Off"

December 23rd, 2021


Living through a pandemic and with the end of the year quickly approaching, our minds tend to focus and see what really matters in life. So if there was ever a time to stop the world and get off for the right reasons, …

Ep 97 Let's Hear it for the Introverted Rebels with a Cause

December 16th, 2021


In this episode, Flourishing Introverts talks rebels! A self-acknowledged rebel herself, Joanna defines those who don’t quite fit in but have a strong sense of belonging to a greater purpose. Rebels aren’t …

Ep 96 It All Started When Things Began to Unravel

December 9th, 2021


In this season of goodwill and gifting, Joanna shares five remarkable gifts she was blessed with this week. From learning what makes her feel safe to share in a group environment to recognizing that circumstances do not …

Ep 95 What’s Taking Up Valuable Space in Your Head

December 2nd, 2021


As introverts, we have a tendency to overthink and ruminate on ideas, problems, and even limiting beliefs. So as the year comes to a close and we are celebrating the gifts of the year and planning for the future, it is …

Ep 94 Flourishing Personified with Kari Fox

November 25th, 2021


In this episode, Joanna welcomes Kari Fox, founder of Harmony Enterprises, whose motto is: “Live in harmony with the infinite wisdom that dreamed you into being”. 


Studying and teaching a myriad of healing and …

Ep 93 Self-Compassion for Introverts

November 18th, 2021


Many of us introverts have endured years or even decades of being told to be different. So much so that we start to believe we are not enough, making …

Ep 92 Essential Boundary & Battery Management

November 11th, 2021


After a beautiful weekend away with friends, Joanna reminds herself of the essential practices that keep our batteries from being depleted and our …

Ep 91 How do you feel about your Growth and Development

November 4th, 2021


We have all heard that change takes effort, but Joanna dares you to think differently today. As she sees it, it takes more effort to stay where you are than it does to change. 


In this episode, Flourishing Introverts

Ep 90 Flourishing Personified with Jon Baker

October 27th, 2021


In this episode, Joanna welcomes guest and long-time colleague Jon Baker. Author of Running Meetings that Make Things Happen: How to get your whole …

Ep 89 Do you know your Value and Values as an Introvert

October 20th, 2021


As introverts, we are often in that troublesome position of doubting ourselves and what we stand for, as well as whether people actually value us and our contributions. This is why knowing your values, and value is …

Ep 88 Why it's Important to Help People Understand Introversion

October 13th, 2021


It’s time to shift the extraversion bias. And while there are a number of resources we can share to help those around us understand introversion better, if we do nothing, nothing will change. In this episode, Joanna …

Ep 87 Flourishing Starts with a Decision

October 6th, 2021


Flourishing is quite literally defined as growing, thriving, expanding, doing well, and steady progress. In this episode, Joanna shares why flourishing is at the heart of her work with introverts through sharing her …

Ep 86 How We Hold Ourselves Back as Introverts

September 29th, 2021


Do you constantly find yourself believing your inner critic and holding yourself back? Waiting to feel confident? Staying deep in your comfort zone? …

Ep 85 Flourishing Personified with Dianne A Allen

September 22nd, 2021


In this episode, Joanna sits down with Dianne A Allen, author, and mentor who has crafted a unique and inspired way to bring out the best in everyone. 


Listen as Joanna and Dianne discuss inner alignment and …

Ep 84 So You Think Your Child Might be an Introvert

September 15th, 2021


Looking back at our childhood, many of us introverts probably wished we had been taught differently about our introverted nature rather than be forced to change or conform to what others deemed as “normal” or “good”. 

Ep 83 The Transformation Trap

September 8th, 2021


Transformational coaching has become much of a buzzword in the self-improvement space - but is this method of change suited for everyone? Are there other ways to understand and improve yourself that aren’t …

Ep 82 Whether You Think You Can or Think You Can't, You're Right

September 1st, 2021


Our core beliefs have the power to shape our very thoughts and behaviors, and so it’s crucial for us to ensure that our limiting beliefs do not limit our very potential. 

In this episode, Joanna talks about how negative …

Ep 81 Flourishing Personified with Mitadru Dey

August 25th, 2021


In this episode of the Flourishing Personified series, we invite Mitadru Dey to give us some unique insights on introversion through the lens of Vedanta.

Tune in as he shares how he came to embrace his introverted self, …

Ep 80 Speaking Your Mind as an Introvert

August 18th, 2021


Whether it’s due to a lack of confidence or fear of backlash, speaking your mind can be extremely hard to do, especially as an introvert. But is it worth bottling it up and keeping it in? 

In this episode, Joanna will …

Ep 79 The Amazing Diversity Amongst Introverts

August 11th, 2021


Dealing with differences of opinion can potentially lead to some sticky situations, especially when those differing opinions come from individuals who supposedly belong to the same community as you. 

In this episode, …

Ep 78 How Often Do Introverts Assume The Worst?

August 4th, 2021


Many of us can’t help but assume the worst in others even though it almost always turns out to be untrue! Otherwise known as Hanlon’s Razor, this detrimental way of thinking shapes how we interact with others and …

Ep 77 Starting as You Mean to Go On

July 28th, 2021


The pressure to conform to “societal norms” never goes away as we get older. And for those of us who bend under that pressure, they may even get all …

Ep 76 Do We Become More Introverted With Age

July 21st, 2021


There are many things that come with age, but is Introversion one of them? 

In this episode, Joanna explores the idea of Introversion increasing with age and what exactly that encompasses. You will also learn how to …

Ep 75 In Conversation with Mary Alice Arthur

July 14th, 2021


Meet Mary Alice Arthur, a story activist and author on a mission to help others find their most authentic selves through storytelling. In this episode, we invite her to share her journey as a story activist with us, and …

Ep 74 Social Proof and Comparisonitis

July 7th, 2021


Social Proof can serve us well in some instances, but in others, it can bring about fears, self-doubts, and worst of all, Comparisonitis. So how do we catch ourselves before we fall into the traps of Comparisonitis, …

Ep 73 Countering Presenteeism

June 30th, 2021


As we emerge from the pandemic, the expectation to return to the workplace only grows stronger each day. But is the conventional, office-centric approach to working still viable in our current climate? Are we ready to …

Ep 72 Flourishing Personified with Sophie Morris

June 23rd, 2021


Meet Sophie Morris - an Introvert Coach, Mentor, and Advocate on a mission to support introverted children, their families, and schools with her …

Ep 71 On the Horns of a Dilemma

June 16th, 2021


We’ve all faced a major crossroad at least once in our lives. As stressful as they may be, such crossroads are oftentimes opportunities for us to …

Ep 70 Have You Ever Lost Confidence in What You're Doing

June 9th, 2021


Believe it or not, even the most successful people feel a sense of doubt kicking in every once in a while. So how do you move on from these blockages …

Ep 69 The Business Necessities that can Overwhelm Introverts

June 2nd, 2021


Overwhelm can either sweep over you like a sudden wave or creep up on you when you least expect it. So how do you avoid finding yourself in such sneaky situations?

In this episode, Joanna will walk you through some of …

Ep 68 What's Your Story, Introvert Glory

May 26th, 2021


We all know of countless stories that have stood the test of time; stories that have inspired us, have taught us invaluable lessons, and have moved …

Ep 67 Flourishing Personified with Matthew Pollard; Introverts Edge to Networking

May 19th, 2021


You may think that networking events are only an extrovert’s domain, but author of The Introvert’s Edge to Networking, Matthew Pollard, proved …

Ep 66 What is Potential?

May 12th, 2021


Ever wondered or perhaps doubted what you were capable of? Are you trying to seek your fullest potential but don’t know where to start? If your …

Ep 65 Do You Have Untapped Potential?

May 5th, 2021


If you think that you don’t have what it takes to be a manager or a leader, then you are sadly mistaken! Leadership positions do not solely belong to …

Ep 64 Flourishing Personified with Andy Elwood

April 28th, 2021


Join us as we finish off the last of the Stress Awareness series with a special guest - Andy Elwood. Having saved countless lives throughout his search and rescue career, Andy has seen first-hand the importance of …

Ep 63 Using Our Introvert Skills To Hold Space For Others

April 22nd, 2021


In this episode of the Stress Awareness Month series, learn how to use your strengths as an introvert to hold space for others during their times of …

Ep 62 If It's Good To Talk, How Do We Navigate That As Introverts

April 14th, 2021


As we continue the series on Stress Awareness Month, Joanna spends this episode talking about the value of sharing what’s on your mind. Opening yourself up to others can be very daunting and it is key to be able to …

Ep 61 How Stress Impacts An Introvert’s Behaviour

April 7th, 2021


If you are feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or perhaps you’ve noticed irregularities in your habits and behaviours, then this episode is a …

Ep 60 Are We Ready to Emerge Yet?

March 31st, 2021


With the end of lockdowns on the horizon, many of us introverts will soon have to return to the hustle and bustle of daily life. But how prepared are we to make this transition? In honor of Stress Awareness Month, …

Ep 59 Choosing Empowerment As An Introvert

March 25th, 2021


There’s no denying that introverts are often misunderstood and sometimes even criticized for their introversion. But are you unnecessarily playing into your victim tendencies whenever such an occasion arises? Or are you …

Ep 58 Introvert Wisdom About Small Talk

March 18th, 2021


Engaging in the dreaded small talk is much easier said than done. That is why in this episode, Joanna invites some of her fellow introverts to share with us their own personal experiences with small talk and how they …

Ep 57 The Conversations Introverts Value

March 11th, 2021


It’s hardly news that introverts don’t like small talk. But that doesn’t mean that introverts dislike having conversations altogether! In fact, given the right circumstances, introverts, too, can talk for hours on end. …

Ep 56 The Driver Behind Action

March 4th, 2021


Ever felt immobilized by fear, doubt, or excuses? Well, now is the time to get out of your head and make space for proper action. In this episode, Joanna talks about the crucial drivers necessary for overcoming your …

Ep 55 When Introverts Collaborate

February 25th, 2021


There seems to be a myth going around about introverts not liking to work in teams. But perhaps most team leaders simply don’t know how to best lead a team of introverts in the first place! In this episode, Joanna …

Ep 54 Do You Get More Feedback About Weaknesses or Strengths?

February 18th, 2021


Do you dread performance reviews and feedback sessions? If your answer is yes, then all the more you should listen to this episode! Whether you’re on …

Ep 53 Do You Believe In Yourself As Much As I Believe In You

February 11th, 2021


As Paolo Coelho says, ‘You are what you believe yourself to be’. So what are some beliefs you have of yourself? Are they riddled with self-doubt? Or …

Ep 52 It's Not How We Break, It's How We Repair

February 4th, 2021


Inspired by the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, Joanna dedicates this episode to exploring the connections between repair and introversion. Uncover the profound significance of repairing yourself through the art of …

Ep 51 Why Conflating Needs, Behavior, and Diagnoses Compounds Bias

January 28th, 2021


There are many misconceptions of introversion out there, but perhaps the most damaging ones are those that create unnecessary biases towards others. In this episode, Joanna identifies the most common behaviors, …

Ep 50 Dousing the Flames of Introvert Burnout

January 21st, 2021


You may think that introverts all around the world are currently thriving in a lockdown, but that may actually be far from the truth. Especially for …

Ep 49 The Importance of Friendship

January 14th, 2021


Many people probably have the misconception that introverts have a dislike for people, but don't be mistaken! We introverts need meaningful …

Ep 48 The Problem With Sorry

January 7th, 2021


Do you constantly find yourself apologizing to those around you? Are you actually remorseful when you say sorry, or is it just a habitual response …

Ep 47 The Intentions of an Introvert

December 31st, 2020


As we step into the new year, resolutions are set and promises are made to ourselves. But what if you were already setting yourself up to fail from …

Ep 46 Do You Have A Discounting Habit

December 24th, 2020


Do you often find yourself downplaying your abilities? Perhaps you second-guess or question yourself one too many times? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to start breaking these discounting habits so you can start …

Ep 45 How To Talk About Strengths At An Interview

December 17th, 2020


 Many introverts can relate to the anxiety that the dreaded interview process brings. Am I talking enough? Am I making sense? How do I show my best side without seeming arrogant? In this episode, Joanna will talk you …

Ep 44 On Finding My Voice As An Introvert

December 10th, 2020


Listen to this week's episode as your host, Joanna Rawbone, shares a story of how she found her voice as an introvert and how you can too. Preparing to speak at an important meeting, she noticed her heart beating fast, …

Ep 43 Flourishing Personified with Rob Kerr

December 3rd, 2020


Listen in to this week's episode as your host, Joanna Rawbone, is joined by special guest Rob Kerr. By his own admission, Rob had a number of false starts in his career before he found his true path. Rob shares his …

Ep 42 Managing Your Manager As An Introvert

November 26th, 2020


Wondering how to manage your manager as an introvert? In this episode, Joanna shares her advice on the matter. The first step is to get clear on your boundaries and needs. Once this is done, assertive behaviors become …

Ep 41 The Scripts That Drive Us

November 19th, 2020


What are driver scripts? During this episode, Joanna will share what driver scripts are, how they develop, how to detect your own drivers, and what to do once you've identified them. They are linked to a bigger theory …

Ep 40 Developing A Growth Mindset

November 12th, 2020


What does it mean to have a growth mindset? Throughout this episode, Joanna explains what having a growth mindset means, why it's important, and how to develop it. If you're content to plateau and limit your potential, …

Ep 39 Flourishing Personified with our guest Caroline Strachan

November 5th, 2020



In this episode, Joanna is joined by Caroline Strachan, the co-founder and managing partner of Festive Road. She shares how she didn’t know she was …

Ep 38 The Power Of Knowing Your Ikigai

October 29th, 2020


What is Ikigai and what role does this play in a flourishing introverts life? In this episode, Joanna explains everything one needs to know about …

Ep 37 Oops – There’s my Deficit Thinking Default Again

October 21st, 2020


The simple self-reflection question "Where do you need to care for yourself more?" prompted a whole chain of thoughts culminating in this episode. …

Ep 36 Self-care The Introvert Way

October 15th, 2020


Is self-care different for introverts? Well, self care is anything you deliberately and consciously do to look after your mental, emotional, and …

Ep 35 Does This Introvert Ask For Help

October 7th, 2020


Do you find yourself being hesitant to ask others for help? If so, you’re not alone and this episode will give you some insight as to why that might …

Ep 34 Are Your Limiting Beliefs Worth The Price You're Paying

October 1st, 2020


Limiting beliefs can take their toll and are probably costing you dearly.  If you’re not sure what they are, in this episode Joanna explains how they …

Ep 33 Habits And The Introvert

September 24th, 2020


What habits do you have that are not serving you well? If habits are those things that we think, do & feel often enough that we do them subconsciously, it takes real attention to even spot them. The trick is to …

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