Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in the Room? Learn the Art of Active Listening.


Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in the Room? Learn the Art of Active Listening

One question we get frequently is, “How do I become a better listener?” Listening is an important social skill we need if we want to really connect with other people. Most people know listening is important, but a lot of us (especially those of us with a little social anxiety) end up in our heads, over-thinking things. The problem is … Read More


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How Do You Host a Great Event (and Build Your Social Capital Without Keeling over from Social Anxiety)?


How Do You Host a Great Event (and Build Your Social Capital Without Keeling over from Social Anxiety)?

You understand hosting a fabulous event is a great way to network and build social capital. That’s a given. But how do you get started when you don’t have an actual clue where to begin? The art of hosting a fabulous event that builds your social circle and your personal reputation as an all-around cool guy or gal is easier … Read More


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Offering Value to Others Without Forcing It


Offering Value to Others Without Forcing It

You’re out and about, being social, and wanting to behave like the high-value person you are. It sounds like it should be pretty straightforward: be a high-value person, and you’ll automatically offer value to others. But things are never that simple, are they? Try too hard and you become that needy person who practically repels others. Don’t leave people feeling … Read More


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5 Easy Ways to Stop Hating Business Networking Events


5 Easy Ways to Stop Hating Business Networking Events

Business networking events can be nerve-wracking affairs if you don’t enter with a strategy in mind. Luckily, we present these five easy ways to stop hating business networking events so you’ll always be ready to face them with dignity and, of course, charm. First of all, we don’t really recommend business networking events, because there are so many more effective ways … Read More


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The Post-Game Analysis: How to Be Kind to Yourself and Keep Growing


Growing and developing our social skills as we strive to relate to others is made all the more difficult by our own self-criticism. End the reflection brutality with these four strategies. If you’re like most people, you can be pretty harshly critical of yourself — especially in social situations. If you read enough personal development and self-improvement books, it can … Read More


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How to Start a Conversation with Anyone


Every time we’re out, we stick to the Art of Charm conversation formula. It works whether you’re trying to start a conversation or resuscitate one that’s flatlining. When you run out of things to say, there’s that awkward lull. Before you know it, you’re freaking out. This formula will show you how to start a conversation with anyone. So you’re … Read More


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How to Enter a Room So People Take Notice


People are hardwired to judge a lot about you based on their first impression. Here’s how to enter a room in a way that will make people take notice. [Photo of John Barrowman making a grand entrance at San Diego Comic-Con by Ewen Roberts] If you’re anything like most folks, putting yourself out there can feel risky and intense. In … Read More


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