People Skills Category Archive

Social Networking: Rethinking Productivity

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Is online social networking largely a waste of time? Is it a form of idle entertainment that distracts you from more important things in life? Does it make any sense from a productivity standpoint to spend time on social networking sites, or is this just another form of online addiction? I began considering these questions […]

Speedhugging: How to Go From Zero to Hugs in Under 60 Seconds

Friday, October 9th, 2009

At the Conscious Growth Workshop last weekend, there were some social courage challenges designed to get people out of their comfort zones. One exercise involved going outside the workshop room and saying something silly to a stranger, such as “Can you tell me what year it is?” or “Which planet is this?” The sharing of […]

Free Speech in Online Communities: The Delusion of Entitlement

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Back in 2004 and 2005 when people asked me what I did for a living, I’d tell them I was a blogger. I got a lot of blank stares and invariably had to explain what a blog was. After that, people would lower their eyes, figuring that I was obviously on some ridiculous dead-end path […]

Man Transformation – How to Attract and Enjoy a Fulfilling Relationship

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

A few months ago I mentioned in our forums, on Facebook, and on Twitter that I was evaluating several relationship courses from David DeAngelo. If you aren’t familiar with his work, David DeAngelo is the pen-name of Eben Pagan, a man who achieved tremendous success creating and selling various courses (ebooks, DVDs, etc) about dating […]

Video Interview on Raw Foods, Social Support, and More

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Erin and I enjoyed another lovely visit from our raw foodist friends Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes-Monarch as they passed through Vegas yesterday before heading for Denver. At some point we decided to pull out our Flip cameras and do some interviews. Matt posted his interview with me today. We talked about some of my […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 12

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Communicate like a human being, not a marketer. If your email looks even remotely like spam, expect that busy people will treat it as such. If an […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 11

Monday, August 10th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Don’t apologize for reaching out. Never begin your first contact with an apology. Every week people send me emails that begin with phrases like, "Sorry to bother […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 10

Friday, August 7th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Meet in person. It’s hard to create much of a connection with someone via email. Email just isn’t expressive enough. Email is communication stripped of its emotional […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 9

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Offer genuine friendship, not neediness. This idea is more about attitude than actions. Busy people are so accustomed to being approached by people who want to vamp […]

How to Network With Busy People – Part 8

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here. Continuing on with our tips… Don’t misinterpret short replies. Busy people often send very curt replies to emails they receive. Don’t misinterpret one-line replies like "Fine, let’s do it," "No thanks," "Not […]