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Confident Introvert: A Practical Guide to Connecting with Others at Networking Events and Beyond

“True confidence is when your sense of self-worth comes from within.” – Stephanie Thoma

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Your Network Matters

1. Identify: Understand Your Personality before Meeting Others

2. Recharge: Manage Your Energy to Avoid Networking Burnout 

3. Reframe: Shift Your Mindset for an Empowering Experience 

4. Relate Part I: Meet New People IRL 

5. Relate Part II: Strike Up Conversations Online 

6. Re-engage: Nurture Your Relationships for Lasting Connection


Conclusion: It’s a Process and a Practice

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Book Praise


"Every introvert should read this book! Actually anyone who needs a little more confidence should read this book. Stephanie Thoma does a wonderful job bringing practical strategies to introverts who need them."

- Vanessa Van Edwards

Author of Captivate
Founder of Science of People


"Stephanie Thoma offers a practical framework, backed by sociological research, to make your introversion work for you. A short, engaging read!"

- Dorie Clark

Author of Reinventing You
Executive education faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business


"Confident Introvert is an enormously practical book. Thoma draws on the brilliant research that's been done on introversion to demonstrate very clearly how introverts can make their disposition an advantage and build a strong web of authentic and resilient relationships. I recommend it to ambitious introverts and extroverts alike."

- Sally Helgesen

Author of How Women Rise


Confident Introvert is a wonderful resource for leaders to create professional connections and grow their networks -- without the anxiety and discomfort. Stephanie shares inspiring stories, compelling studies, and asks just the right questions to ensure you step into your best self. Confident Introvert is a must read!"

- Marshall Goldsmith

Author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There


"As an introvert, Stephanie's approach to becoming a more confident and connected leader in Confident Introvert really resonated with me. If you want to reframe what it means to connect with people, love and accept yourself, and grow professionally, this book is for you!"

- Ashley Sumner

Co-Founder at Quilt


"Stephanie Thoma decouples introversion from authentic relationship-building and career advancement, while providing practical tools along the way. Stephanie gives us permission to be even more of who we are by embracing our introvert superpowers and quiet strengths."

- Jenny Blake

Author of Pivot