Fan Mail Friday #115 | Don’t Fake It ‘Til You Break It

Time for Fan Mail Friday, where we’ll be answering your questions and dropping some knowledge and feedback to help you kick the weekend off right.

If you’re new to The Art of Charm Podcast, this isn’t a great place to start. Most of our content is more in-depth and longer format.

Listen to recent guests Neil deGrasse TysonPeter McGrawLisa Feldman Barrett, and Isaac Lidsky for a better idea of our regular programming.

Also make sure to check out our Best Of picks or the Fundamentals Toolbox episodes. There, we’ve got the fundamentals of body language and nonverbal communication, attraction, negotiation, networking, and everything else we teach here at The Art of Charm.

As a bonus, screenwriter and BFF Gabriel Mizrahi joins us for this one. Let’s cut to it!

  • Where’s the line between a stretch and a lie if you’re following the “fake it ’til you make it” strategy? [Related: Jesse Itzler | The 100 Mile Man (Episode 466)]
  • If you feel aimless and don’t like college or the job you’re working now, have you considered learning a trade? [Related: Mike Rowe | The Way I Heard It (Episode 597)]
  • How do you make friends with people in your own age group when you mentally feel a decade more mature than all of them? [Related: Dual Enrollment Programs: The Pros and Cons]
  • Are you blaming your significant other for your own failures, or is their lack of ambition pulling you down?
  • How should you deal with lazy or non-contributing team members who make your job harder — especially when the boss seems to actively avoid conflict?
  • How can you thrive in your dream job when the working relationship with your immediate superior is kind of a nightmare?
  • Quick shoutouts to Maya of Real Men Wear Pink who uses tips from the show to drum up sponsorship dollars, and mechanic Danny P. who works on cars while listening to AoC!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share with us? Drop us a line at [email protected]!
  • Check out Jordan’s (@TheArtofCharmother show: The Forbes List, and Jason’s (@jpdefother show: Grumpy Old Geeks. You can reach out to Gabriel on the Twitter here.


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Jordan Harbinger - author of 883 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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