Give It 100

Social skills are like any other skill — if you practice, you get better. But in order to practice, you have to start, and you have to keep going. And both of those things are very hard. It’s really easy to wait to start until you’re totally “ready” (which will be never), or burn yourself out by pursuing a new … Read More

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Fight Back

Life is really hard sometimes. There are times when all of the encouragement in the world doesn’t seem to help, times when it feels like the only emotions available are rage or grief or numbness, times when starting another day feels like getting in the ring with Mohammed Ali. Maybe that’s your story today. Maybe that’s been your story for … Read More

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How To Teach Kids Social Skills – Guest Post

Hey guys! This week I have a guest post from Rusty May. Rusty is a veteran school counselor who runs SchoolToolsTV, a site with videos that teachers can use to teach social skills and positive values to their students. He’s an expert on helping kids succeed, and I’m excited to share his thoughts on teaching kids social skills. Although his … Read More

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The Case For Small Talk

Lots of people tell me, “I hate small talk.” And in truth, small talk can be tiresome sometimes. When you’re discussing a topic you don’t care about, it’s natural to get bored. Small talk can be doubly frustrating when you’ve craving deep interactions. After you’ve experienced true heart-to-heart conversation, how can you go back to discussing the weather? It’s understandable … Read More

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Choose Courage

Self-confidence is a catch-22. If you don’t feel confident, then you feel anxious and your anxiety causes mistakes. But when you’re afraid of feeling anxious and making mistakes, it’s very hard to feel confident. Of course, it is possible to build self-confidence. You can give yourself a pep talk, or straighten your posture, or work on your areas of weakness. … Read More

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Take Care Of Yourself

Would you climb a mountain with a backpack full of rocks? You would probably stop and remove the rocks first — even if this means you don’t start your climb right away. Or, if you couldn’t remove the rocks, you would still understand that you don’t need to climb as fast as someone who isn’t weighed down. For some reason, … Read More

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How Parents Can Help Children With Asperger’s

With the right support, a child with Asperger’s can go far. I should know. I have Asperger’s, but thanks to the support of my parents (and some hard work), I have overcome many of the challenges of Asperger’s. If your child has Asperger’s or a similar condition, you play a pivotal role in leading your child to success. Read on … Read More

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5 Minutes to Confident Body Language (Guest Post)

Hi everyone! Today’s post is by Nick from GoBodyLanguage.com. He shares how your body language can impact your confidence, and gives some excellent tips for improving your body language. His tips will help you both feel and look more confident, so read on! – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are is the title of a recent TED talk by Harvard Business School professor … Read More

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How To Speak With Confidence & Authority

The way you speak matters. If you don’t sound like you expect respect, you might not get it. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a natural leader to speak with authority, or the king of self-esteem to speak with confidence. With a little practice, anyone can begin to speak with authority and confidence. Don’t believe me? Just keep reading

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One Simple Rule to Overcome Anxiety

Fear often keeps us from the things we want. Maybe we want to go talk to that guy, or ask that girl out, or go to that party. But we’re afraid. What if he doesn’t want to talk to me? What if she says no? What if I feel awkward at the party? In the moment, these fears can seem … Read More

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