The Quiet Powerhouse Podcast

Replay: How to Self-Advocate as an Introvert with Christen N James

September 09, 2021 Julie Greenham / Christen N. James Episode 67
The Quiet Powerhouse Podcast
Replay: How to Self-Advocate as an Introvert with Christen N James
Show Notes

“I’m just learning over these last few years that ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”

—  Christen N. James

Alongside management, sales, and marketing, self-advocacy is an important skill that every entrepreneur should master!

As introverted business owners, we often stumble when it comes to standing up for ourselves — whether it’s against pushy clients, unfair vendors, or collaborators who may be taking advantage. We tend to be people-pleasers who focus on the needs of everyone around us, prioritizing ourselves last.

My guest for this episode is Christen N. James, who has built a thriving career on helping entrepreneurs become more in touch with their own needs and learn how to advocate for themselves. 

Christen, also known as C.J., is a mindset and transition coach who helps her clients become more self aware — and use that new awareness to shift the way that they show up in their businesses.

I couldn’t think of a better guest for this topic!

This is a replay of an early episode, but its subject matter remains timeless. Tune in to learn about C.J.’s personal journey to self-awareness and strong self-advocacy, why it’s so hard for introverts to speak up for ourselves, and how to say no without saying “no.”

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ ‌you’ll discover:‌ ‌

  • Why self-advocacy becomes easier through practice and experience
  • How to weigh the benefits of speaking out — and know when to save your energy
  • Strategies for standing up for yourself (even when it terrifies you)!

About Christen N. James: Christen N. James is a certified master mindset and transition coach who believes in the importance of understanding how experiences, emotions, and thoughts impact how we show up in our businesses.


Highlights:‌ ‌

00:01  Behind the replay

01:27   ‌Meet C.J.

02:37  What holds us back & planting the seed 

04:16  What’s in a name?

06:17  Pivotal moment

08:09  Finding her voice

11:26  Changing in new environments

13:45  Learning through experience

15:31  Weighing benefits

18:13  Say no without saying no

21:45  Benefits

23:59  Self-advocacy in kids

25:30  Reflecting & finding courage

28:07  Nervous v. excited

29:53  Mindset

32:14  3 questions

33:30  Honour yourself

Links:‌ ‌

Christen N. James

Instagram: @christennjames

Twitter: @christennjames

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