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How to Deepen Your Connection With Others | Article (Episode 724)


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Technology in the digital age has made it easier than ever to form new connections and stay in touch with old ones, but it’s also led to increased loneliness and flakiness as people rack up more screen time and less face time, so why is this, why is showing up so important in deepening your connections with others, and what does showing up actually mean?


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What Matters Most in a Difficult Conversation | Q&A w/ Andrea J. Lee (Episode 722)


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In this episode of The Art of Charm, AJ (@AJHarbinger) and Johnny (@AOCJohnny) wrap up September’s month of Emotional Bids. Before answering listener questions, they speak with Andrea Lee (andreajlee.com), an accomplished coach, a successful author, and a strong voice in the fight against domestic abuse. Andrea offers her unique insights the importance of building one’s confidence and overcoming obstacles. AJ and Johnny share what they learned from confronting the ones they love through difficult conversation.


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Why Emotional Connection Makes or Breaks a Relationship | ToolBox (Episode 719)


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In this episode, AJ and Johnny speak on the importance of “emotional bids,” and how to successfully identify and respond to them to create a deeper connection with the people around you. We start with a look at the clinical researcher, Dr. John Gottman and the study he conducted that helped define what an emotional bid is and why it is so important. Then, AJ and Johnny describe how we can positively or negatively respond to a whole array of emotional bids – and how that can make or break a relationship. We also learn how you don’t have to tell all of your deepest and darkest secrets to feel like someone truly understands you.


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Overcoming Social Anxiety in your Career | Q&A w/ Chris “Drama” Pfaff (Episode 718)


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Christopher “Drama” Pfaff (@drama) is an entrepreneur, producer, and reality TV star. He is best known for his roles in the MTV reality shows “Rob and Big” and “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory”. In addition, he has founded “Young & Reckless Clothing” as well a music production company and a podcast, “Short Story Long”. In this episode, AJ and Johnny ask Drama about his methods for overcoming social anxiety and how to reset people’s first impressions.  and how to take advantage of opportunities to expand upon them to create your own entrepreneurial endeavors.


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Beat Approach Anxiety | Alex Banayan (Episode 717)


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In this episode, AJ and Johnny interview Alex Banayan (@AlexBanayan), author of “The Third Door” about his 7-year journey to interview some of the most successful people in the world. Alex shares detail about his struggles to reach his dream and the personal social barriers he had to break down to get there. Alex also shares advice, wisdom, and tricks of the trade from the people he interviewed, Bill Gates, Tim Ferriss, Larry King, and many more.


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8 Tips to Keep the Conversation Going (Episode 716)


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How do you take a conversation to the next level and create real connection? In this episode of The Art of Charm podcast, AJ and Johnny explain 8 fundamental steps to develop a relationship beyond just a brief interaction with a stranger on the train, scoring a number at a bar, or a handshake at a business conference. Learn the social cues, the mental tricks, and the right body language to tee up a compelling conversation.


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The Art of Compelling Conversations (Episode 715)


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In this episode, AJ and Johnny share stories on how they’ve built connections with others and improved upon them—and back these up with science. On their quest to reach the perfect balance, they talk about how important opening up the door of introduction is without prying into someone’s life or personal space.


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