IHS: Welcome, Gabriela! Thank you for being with us today. We are thrilled to have you! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?
Gabriela: Gabriela Casineanu and I'm from Toronto.
IHS: Okay, Great! What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
IHS: Great title! What was your favorite part about bringing this book to audiobook life?
Gabriela: The narrator’s voice. As an introvert myself, I liked the calm voice that invites listeners to find out more about the book topic.
IHS: Whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
Gabriela: In 2016, I was delivering daily workshops and talking with clients - which required a lot of energy from an introvert like me. Gradually, my health started to deteriorate, showing burnout symptoms: fatigue, breathing problems, anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, lack of focus and concentration. It also affected my voice; I couldn’t speak for four months!
During that time, worried for my voice, I asked myself: “What would I do the rest of my life if I can’t talk anymore?” Strange enough, the answer came with the next thought: “Write a job search guide for introverts!”
Duh! It totally made sense: by then, I had a decade of experience applying coaching to employment counseling, a lot of good content and success stories from helping thousands of professionals (many introverts) with their job search and career advancement. I never thought about writing a book before, but I liked the idea because it could be a way to help more introverts...without me being present!
That thought came with so much energy...that I start writing! I couldn’t do anything else anyway; I was barely walking and all those burnout symptoms were hard to handle.
It took me ten months to write this book, but I was happy at the end: it became a bestseller in nine countries, and almost all my burnout symptoms disappeared! Plus, my voice came back!
It made me think that a burnout is actually a...blessing in disguise! :-)
IHS: That's great! Is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
Gabriela: That first book made me fall in love with writing! I’ve published nine more books since, and more book ideas in the pipeline. :-)
But I love everything I do, whether it is my coaching practice (coaching introverts, system coaching with groups and teams, workshops), writing, biking, hiking, painting, nature, photography, jewelry making… should I add more? :-)
I consider myself on a mission to build a better world my tapping into introvert power! (mine and others’) Everything I do is somehow related to my mission, not only my books. Even when I design and facilitate workshops for a broader audience, I create a supportive environment that allows both introverts and extroverts to understand each other, and feel more at ease to express themselves.
To me, both personal and professional life merge together in what you could call “a fun real life.” :-)