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It amazes me how we go through all these years of schooling—learning everything from math to spelling to physics to history—yet almost no time is spent on teaching us how to relate to other people. It’s only when we get into the real world that we realize how important social skills are. And that often, it’s as much about who you know as what you know.
In this episode, we talk with Myke Macapinlac of Social Confidence Mastery about how to improve your social confidence even if you’ve never felt comfortable putting yourself out there.
Myke was a shy immigrant who used to work a boring engineering job and became a talk show host, a social dynamics specialist, and a lifestyle entrepreneur. He now teaches shy guys to develop social confidence so they can succeed in their personal, romantic, and professional lives. He is the author of Improve Your Social Confidence: How to Eliminate Your Insecurities, Social Anxiety, and Shyness. His work has also been featured in The Calgary Herald, on Breakfast Television, on Shaw TV, and in The Huffington Post.
Myke and I discuss some of the myths about meeting new people, why mutual interest is the foundation of every great relationship, how you can become a more interesting conversationalist, why romantic rejection is actually a good thing, and much more.
If you want to be an interesting person, let alone have interesting conversations, you have to start doing interesting things.
- How Myke went from being a shy, chubby kid to being a confident, social dynamics coach
- “Practice doesn’t make perfect; it has to be the right practice”
- Why bars are often the worst place to meet women
- How to improve your conversation skills in an authentic way
- Why romantic rejection is actually a good thing
- Mutual interests: the foundation of every great relationship
- Why Myke laid down in the middle of a busy mall during the post-Christmas shopping rush
- How to become more passionate and live a more interesting life