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25 social skills Books

25 Books To Sharpen Your Social Skills (And Transform


Your Career)
Humans are strange creatures. Luckily, since you are one,
you already have all the tools you need for getting along with
them. Even though they come so naturally to some people,
no one is born with the skills for fitting into society; these
skills are learned over time. Its never too late to improve
your ability to meet people, make friends, and communicate.
These 25 books can help you take your social skills to the
next level and earn you huge payoffs in both your personal
and professional lives:PeopleSmart: Developing Your
Interpersonal Intelligenceby Mel Silberman.
In an easy-to-read style, Silberman lays out practical
techniques for developing your IQ: your interpersonal
quotient. His eight ways to be more effective in your
relationships have the backing of scholarly research, just
what youd expect of a Ph.D.How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little
Tricks for Big Success in Relationshipsby Leil Lowndes.
Its not a full 100, but 92 hacks for facilitating dialogue
between any other human on the planet aint half bad.
Smash through the ice of any first meeting, and find
common ground with people youve never
met.Conversationally Speaking : Tested New Ways to
Increase Your Personal and Social Effectivenessby Alan
Garner.
After 15 years since its first print run, the tools in this book
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cant really be called new anymore. But a million or so
readers can attest to the effectiveness of Garners
recommendations for handling criticism, listening, and
reducing anxiety in social scenarios.Talk to Strangers: How
Everyday, Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business,
Career, Income, and Lifeby David Topus.
If you continue to follow the childhood dictum to never talk to
strangers, you may be passing up connections that could
change your life. David Topus can help ensure your random
encounters dont result in a restraining order.People Skills:
How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve
Conflictsby Robert Bolton.
One of the most widely recommended social skills
books,People Skillsis packed with insightful tips for
improving your communication, from using silence to
asserting yourself to have your needs met.Get Off The
Bench: Unleashing The Power of Strategic Networking
Through Relationshipsby Sidney E. Fuchs.
The importance of networking in career success cant be
emphasized enough, especially in a tough economy. Fuchs
shows you how to get into the game and what to avoid with
practical advice and real-world examples.Emily Posts
Etiquetteby Peggy Post, Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel
Post Senning.
The descendants of the famous etiquette author bring her
legendary wisdom of social etiquette to bear on topics like
unfriending people on Facebook and covering up tattoos for
job interviews. Its a fitting tribute to an etiquette icon for a
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digital generation.How to Have Confidence and Power in
Dealing with Peopleby Leslie T. Giblin.
Giblin presents the world as it is and shows you how to get
what you want without waiting for other people to change.
Usually this is win-win anyway, like creating a good
impression on others or making the other person feel
friendly.Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When
Stakes Are Highby Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron
McMillan, and Al Switzler.
Wouldnt it be nice to be able to talk to anyone about
anything? Instead of avoiding big conversations, youll learn
how to prepare for them in six minutes and turn them into
opportunities for getting ahead in life, after you read this
book.The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art
and Science of Personal Magnetismby Olivia Fox Cabane.
This book blows the lid off the longstanding belief that some
people just have thatit, and theres nothing someone can do
to get it other than be born with it. Cabane shows readers
how to learn charisma and how to wield it responsibly.How
to Win Friends & Influence Peopleby Dale Carnegie.
We put it as low as we reasonably could, but no list about
social skills would be complete without this title. Dale
Carnegies iconic book recently celebrated its 75th
anniversary; we challenge you to find another self-help book
thats stood the test of time so well.Click: Ten Truths for
Building Extraordinary Relationshipsby George Fraser.
Networking is important for business, but connecting is
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taking relationships to the next level. Fraser shows you how
to do just that with his 10 tips, like being the first one to trust,
being open to everything, and communicating from the
heart.Golf Rules & Etiquette Crystal Clearby Yves C.
Ton-That.
It may be a cliche to think of major deals being made on the
golf course, but it got that way becausedeals really are
made that wayall the time. This book will help you navigate
the country club with grace.Understanding Other People:
The Five Secrets to Human Behaviorby Beverly Flaxington.
Flaxington wrote this book after teaching a graduate course
called Dealing with Difficult People. Think of this book as
just Dealing with People, as grasping her five secrets will
help you deal with everybody, difficult or not.Enchantment:
The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actionsby Guy
Kawasaki.
Former Apple evangelist, venture capitalist, and blogger
Kawasaki penned this great book on effecting a change for
the better in the people you encounter. If you agree people
are enchanted with Apple products, it would be a good idea
to take his advice to heart.Games People Play: The Basic
Handbook of Transactional Analysisby Eric Berne.
Nearly 50 years ago, Eric Berne pulled the mask off all the
little games we all play in our social interactions, and still the
game goes on. Youll fare much better if you read this book
and know what exactly it is youre playing.The Speed of
Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everythingby Stephen
M.R. Covey.
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If self-help books turn you off with advice that makes you
feel like a phony, this is the book for you. Covey lays out the
ways to build real trust in your relationships, whether theyre
business, friendship, or love.The No Asshole Rule: Building
a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isntby Robert
I. Sutton.
Its not often you see asshole and civilized in the same
sentence. Hopefully you dont have any jerks at your work,
but if you do (or you are one), Suttons got the tools to help
you survive them (or stop being one).Its Not All About Me:
The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with
Anyoneby Robin Dreeke.
Dreeke writes from 15 years of experience with the FBI,
where he worked as lead trainer for social engineering and
interpersonal skills. In other words, he knows people, and
hell teach you how to communicate with anyone, quickly
and with little filler.Switch: How to Change Things When
Change Is Hardby Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
Although not strictly a social skills help book,Switchis
recommended by many readers to help smooth your
transition into a more sociable person, especially if the idea
of trying to be more outgoing causes you stress.Dealing with
People You Cant Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in
People at Their Worstby Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick
Kirschner.
This bestseller has been updated to incorporate the new
class of people no one can stand, who were birthed by the
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digital age. The Doctors Rick are here to arm you with the
communication skills to not be defeated by whiners,
close-talkers, or pedants.Emotional Intelligence: 10th
Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQby
Daniel Goleman.
Probably youve noticed by now that smarts dont make the
world go round. The people who find true success know how
to create and foster healthy relationships, at work and in
their private lives, and you can too with the Daniel
Golemans help.Small Talk Big Results: Chit Chat Your Way
to Success!by Diane Windingland.
Small talk is often boring, unauthentic, cheesy, and
repetitive. Its also an unavoidable part of living in a society,
so you might as well get good at it.The Introverts Guide to
Success in Business and Leadershipby Lisa Petrilli.
We didnt forget you, introverts. While some self-help books
for shy people are simply collections of quotes from
extroverts saying why its great to be outgoing, Petrilli
celebrates quiet people. The book has great advice for
enhancing your social prowess while staying an introvert at
heart.Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by
Understanding Yourselfby Florence Littauer.
Littauer is well-known in marriage counseling circles for her
books and writings, but she is more generally an expert on
personalities. This best-seller can help you understand your
own personality type, as well as give you an idea of the
other types and how best to deal with them.
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