How To Make Great First Impressions: The Name Game

Last week, we talked about how you can use body language to make great first impressions. This week, let's talk about something equally important---remembering the name of the person you just met.

People like hearing their names. When you use someone's name, it helps them to feel comfortable, and remembering their name makes it much easier for you to strike up a conversation later on.

Unfortunately, if you want to use someone's name, you need to remember it, and remembering names is hard. Fortunately, remembering names is much easier with one simple trick.

I call it "Playing the name game."

To play the name game, follow these three rules. Read More


Martin Luther King Jr is a personal hero of mine. Today, in celebration of MLK day, I've posted an excerpt from one of his greatest (but least-known speeches) on Improve Your Social Skills. I encourage you to read the Excerpt from MLK's address to a Methodist youth leadership conference and be inspired. Once you read it, come back and leave a comment with your thoughts.

How To Make Great First Impressions: Heart-To-Heart Body Language

So in the week since I've launched the site, I've been thinking a lot about first impressions.

Specifically, I've been thinking about the first impression that people have of the site. I think Improve Your Social Skills has a lot of great content, but if nobody ever moves past the front page, nobody will ever discover what it has to offer.

The same thing is true in relationships. If you never move past "Hello" with someone, it's hard for them to get to know the amazing person that you are.

Fortunately, it's easy to make a great first impression if you know how. I have three easy tips for making a great first impression. Over the next two weeks, we'll discuss how to remember names and how to get the other person talking about their favorite topic. But first, let's explore how you can make a heart-to-heart connection using body language.Read More


Improve Your Social Skills launches today.

It's been a long road. I began the guide on February 24, 2011. Nearly one year later, I finally get to share it with you.

Improve Your Social Skills has more than 28,000 words across more than 50 pages. If it were a printed book it would be over 100 pages long. It's the product of a year of work and a decade of study, and now it's available to help people around their world improve their social skills and build the fulfilling, meaningful relationships that they deserve.

28,000 words later, I finally find myself at a loss for words. Read More