Welcome to Celebrating Quietness
Ann Lewis

Ann Lewis

Over the past decade, I’ve coached many quiet professionals in demanding jobs, and I’m on a mission to have quietness valued for itself. It’s time to stop asking quiet folk to be something we’re not, and to celebrate the special strengths a quiet disposition brings.

There are many possible reasons why you have found this site:

You may be a quiet soul who’s spent a lifetime feeling at odds with an extrovert world. You might be a working professional, or be on the cusp of a new stage in your life, or perhaps you’re looking for a fulfilling retirement that allows you to go on making a difference or to find your own star.

If you’re tired of trying to shoehorn yourself into an extrovert personality that doesn’t fit, and you’d love to find a way to navigate your quietness without apologising or pretending, then you’ll find inspiration here.

Or perhaps you’re an extrovert with quiet colleagues and friends you’d like to understand better. Maybe you secretly hanker after a bit of quietness for yourself.

Somewhere inside, you know there’s wisdom to be tapped if only you could slow down enough. Oh, and you find a bit of humour lightens the load…

We all have a core of inner wisdom that is available to us when our mind is clear. You too can cut through the noise and confusion of everyday overload and allow your wisdom to surface when you need it.

Celebrating Quietness’s 2016 project: A year of trees.

A book, a camera and some photos

A Year of Trees

During 2016, I’ll be exploring quietness through a specific photographic project. The aim is to focus on trees – as they are, as we shape them, and in their various transformations.

The original inspiration is a book I’ve had for many years: “The Time of Trees” by photographer Stuart Franklin. This collage includes Franklin’s book, my Mum’s old Box Brownie camera, plus a couple of pictures – one that she took of me as a toddler with that camera, and one that also forms the background to the collage.

I’ll be posting pictures, poems and insights weekly in the blog from the first week in January 2016. Hopefully I’ll be a better photographer by the end of it.




And if you have been knocked off balance

by workplace bullying, stress, overload, or anything else at work that has left you feeling diminished and disconnected, you’ll find inspiration and resources at


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