How To Handle Awkward Social Interactions with Miki Agrawal (Episdoe #802)

Authenticity is a powerful concept because many of us are scared of what other people might think of us if we were to be as weird as we know we are all the time, and consequently many of us hide the fun and interesting bits that make us who we are – so why do we care, why should we stop putting so much emphasis on what we think others want us to be, and what can you do when every social platform is signaling to you that the only parts worth living are the ones that get the most likes?


What to Listen For

  • What does it mean to be a disruptive innovator?
  • How do you educate people without being preachy?
  • What can you do to build up a tolerance for rejection so you don’t miss out on countless opportunities just because you walked away at “no”?
  • If you have perfectionist tendencies, what can you do to make sure it doesn’t stop you from completing something or just moving on without it?
  • What can you do if you feel like you are trying to fit yourself into a box that society wants for you rather than what YOU want for you?
  • What does it mean to be more authentic in today’s world where so many people are encouraged to instead put on a show to get other people’s attention?
  • How can you flip negative emotions on their heads with one simple trick?
  • What can you do to encourage others to tell their stories without resorting to 1-2 sentence responses?
  • How can you ask questions that evoke thoughtful responses instead of 1-2 words?
  • What mental exercise can you do before any important thing or event you have coming up in your life to make sure you’re genuinely present and relaxed?
  • What can you do to come across as open and friendly without making people think you’re inviting them to ask you out?
  • How do you politely reject someone who asks you out, especially in a work environment?
  • What’s the best way to make a career change when you realize you’re not happy with the job you thought would bring you happiness?
  • How do you handle the argumentative person who constantly questions others’ beliefs?


What are you supposed to do when people are telling you you should always strive to be genuine while society clearly shows us we’ll be rewarded if we present a curated image of ourselves to everyone on social media? We live in a tricky time with technology developing as quickly as it is. The tools we are inventing are beginning to control us and highlight our weaknesses as human beings, but will we overcome these weaknesses or implode because of them? 


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Resources from this Episode

Miki Agrawal’s website

Disrupt-Her: A Manifesto for the Modern Woman by Miki Agrawal

Hello Tushy

Be Here Now by Ram Dass


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AJ Harbinger - author of 1155 posts on The Art of Charm

AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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