The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations, and Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are

The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations, and Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are

by Chris MacLeod


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The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations, and Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are by Chris MacLeod

You think your social life could be better. You’ve felt shy as long as you can remember. Your conversations have more awkward moments than you’d like. Maybe you don’t need a ton of friends, but you’d like to have some people to hang out with on occasion. You want to make changes, but you don’t know where to start. Lots of people have been in your shoes, so you’re hardly a lost cause, and it’s never too late to turn things around. The Social Skills Guidebook gives you insights into your interpersonal struggles and behaviors, and offers hands-on advice for developing and improving your people skills.

The Social Skills Guidebook goes into detail about solving the three core areas that hold people back socially:

1) Mental barriers including shyness, social anxiety, and low self-confidence

2) Less developed conversation skills

3) A lack of friends and an unsatisfying social life

If you look at the people who are socially comfortable in your school or workplace and want what they have, know that you can achieve social success like theirs without losing yourself in the process. You can remain true to your personality and pursue your favorite interests while conquering the attitudes that hold you back, improving your conversation skills, and learning how to make friends. With practice, time, and patience, you can create the kind of social life you want for yourself.

The Social Skills Guidebook covers topics including:

• Changing counterproductive thinking that stands in the way of your social confidence

• Becoming comfortable with your social fears by facing them in a gradual, manageable way

• Improving your self-esteem

• Navigating the different parts of a conversation

• Getting past awkward silences

• Interacting in one-on-one and group conversations

• Learning how to listen to others and respond appropriately

• Identifying other people’s nonverbal cues and being aware of your own

• Finding potential friends and making plans with them

• Deepening your friendships

• Keeping your progress going

• Improving your social skills if you have Asperger’s syndrome

The Social Skills Guidebook is written by Chris MacLeod, the author of the extensive, well-visited, free site on interpersonal skills This book contains all of the site's key advice in a tight, organized, polished package.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994980700
Publisher: Christopher MacLeod
Publication date: 01/23/2016
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 122,051
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chris MacLeod runs, one of the largest, most visited online resources on social skills. He struggled with shyness, loneliness, poor self-confidence, and social awkwardness when he was younger. Once he had put the worst of those problems behind him he wanted to help people with similar issues get through them more easily than he did. He holds a B.A. Honors in Psychology, and a Master of Social Work, with a focus on counseling.

Table of Contents


1. The Overall Process of Improving Your Social Skills
2. Addressing Some Common Challenges and Concerns about Working on Your Social Skills


3. Seeing the Effects of Shyness, Anxiety, Poor Self-confidence, and Discouragement
4. Shifting Your Mind-set About Your Social Discomfort
5. Handling Counterproductive Thinking About Socializing
6. Hands-on Strategies for Taking the Edge Off Anxiety
7. Reducing Fears and Insecurities through Real-world Experiences
8. Increasing Your Self-Esteem and Confidence


9. Getting a Basic Feel for Conversations
10. Dealing with Awkward Silences in Conversations
11. Starting One-on-One Conversations
12. Having Deeper Conversations
13. Ending Conversations
14. Navigating Group Conversations
15. Making Conversation in Particular Situations
16. Becoming Aware of Empathy
17. Core Listening Skills
18. Recognizing and Acting on Other People's Nonverbal Communication
19. Improving Your Own Nonverbal Communication
20. Conversation Mistakes
21. Being More Likable
22. Being More Fun
23. Assertiveness Skills


24. Introduction to the Process of Making Friends
25. Finding Potential Friends
26. Making Plans with Potential Friends
27. Deepening New Friendships
28. Making a Group of Friends
29. Making Friends in Particular Situations
30. Troubleshooting the Process of Making Friends
31. Looking Forward as Your Social Skills Improve

Appendix A: Asperger's Syndrome/Mild Autism

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