After a few years defined by social distancing, chances are you’ve been invited to something—or some things—recently. And whether you’re preparing for parties, conferences, or returning to the office, you may appreciate a refresher on interacting with humans in real life—and doing so without being drained by the experience.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best advice from around the web to boost your confidence. Read on for the mental tricks and cope-ahead tools to help you overcome potential social exhaustion and thrive in the moment.
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From job interviews to eulogies and pitch meetings, our lives are full of interpersonal interactions where we need to be our very best. Here’s three basic techniques to help you raise your game for the times that really count.
The point is to get beyond the dreaded small talk.
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And why this introverted entrepreneur believes we should all stop calling it “networking.”
People with positive “affective presence” are easy to be around and oil the gears of social interactions.
Psychologists say that, if you don’t know who the social vampire is in your friendship group, there’s a very high chance it’s you.
Simple tips to break through your social anxieties and make real, genuine connections with others.
It can be tempting to say yes to things you just don't want to do. Might as well just get it done so nothing bad happens, right? But there's a high price for constantly aiming to make other people happy.
Because telling someone to shut the heck up isn’t ‘gentlemanly’ or ‘civilized’ or ‘appropriate for a 5-year-old’s birthday party, Brian, Jesus.
Psychologists are beginning to explore the potential life-changing benefits of certain personality traits.
By accepting your social battery life for what it is and getting to know the different factors that support or strain it, you stand a better chance of getting through an event in a stress-free way—and of actually enjoying yourself in the process.