Learning to read body language, start and maintain (and ending a conversation), and show empathy are key social skills to pave the way to friendship.
As in the example about learning to play the piano, Daniel Wendler (my guest on this interview) is like your virtual piano teacher, teaching you how to play. He’s learned social skills, and now he’s passing his lessons along to you.
You Only Need to Be Good Enough
You don’t have to be a public relations guru, or a celebrity talk show host.
You just have to learn social skills well enough to make a friend.
Examine your expectations: have you been too hard on yourself? Relax, and realize that you can learn these skills by reading and practicing.
The Power of One
Daniel shared, in this interview, how powerful it is to go from Zero friends to One.
Once you make that first friend, you’ll have the confidence to start reaching out to others.
This Week’s Podcast Guest: Daniel Wendler from ImproveYourSocialSkills.com
Daniel Wendler gets it.
In fact, he’s the one who shared this analogy about finding and making friends.
Daniel Wendler was in high school when he was diagnosed with Aspergers.
He shares his story in this TedX talk.
After having endured years of social challenges, Daniel decided to tackle social skills when he learned about Aspergers.
Having had some success, he wanted to share what he learned with others.
2) Become a member at Improve Your Social Skills: The costs are very reasonable. Choose from Basic, Ad Free, and Lifetime Memberships. Covers topics of Group Conversation, Making Friends, Empathy, Dating, Meeting People
3) Once you’ve gone through all of the above material, practice conversation, either with family members or acquaintances. If you’d like more direct feedback, Daniel has arranged a service called conversation partners. These are two of his friends who will converse with you, and then give you feedback about how you’re coming across.
4) After all of those steps, you may want to consider personal coaching with Daniel. It’s a bit more expensive because Dan has limited time while he works on his doctorate.
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