February 12, 2018

Trying to figure out how to ask them out without seeming cheesy or desperate? Don’t end the conversation with, “So, um, do you want to go out with me sometime?” That only adds potential awkwardness and pressure to the situation.

Instead, tweak your request into a statem...

February 10, 2018

I just saw this and wanted to share. If you've ever been on a conference call at work, I'm sure you've heard many of these phrases uttered. Isn't that interesting that every single person, from any organization, probably has heard some of these phrases in a conference...

February 6, 2018

We all desire more confidence. A short-cut to immediate confidence is simple: go first.

This may seem simple but ask yourself: Do you tend to initiate social interactions or tend to wait until the other person does? Poor conversationalists are normally reactive, as oppo...

February 5, 2018

When you can’t think of what to ask, you can always think of something related to time.
Good conversation topics revolve around how people willingly spend their time. When you find out what people choose to spend their time doing or thinking about, then you have prob...

February 3, 2018

Bosses carry a host of useful tools in their social tool belts. One of the most useful is the Meta-observation. Meta-observations are the Swiss Army knives of conversational tools.

A perfect example of a meta-phrase is when an actor speaks to the audience directly – as...

January 31, 2018

You’re reading this blog because you want to improve your social skills. But exactly how much improvement are you looking for? What are you aiming for? Are you striving to be that social butterfly at the work events? The cool guy at the parties?

Many people have lofty s...

January 24, 2018

You ride the subway every day and you can’t help but notice a really interesting girl riding all the time as well. Your mind swirls with excitement and possibilities about how amazing she could be. You want to approach and possibly ask her out, but HOW?

As someone who...

January 19, 2018

You get up to use the restroom. Your friend asks you, “Where are you going?”

What would you say? The literal response is of course, “To the restroom.”

But the playful response could be said with a smile, “It’s a secret…” or a sarcastic “I’m leaving, I’m sick of your atti...

January 17, 2018

Read the following seven steps carefully and consider how many you prescribe to or how many you may fall short on.


Look approachable and friendly. Smile sometimes. Maintain eye contact (but not in a creepy-staring-without-blinking-way).

2 S...

January 4, 2018

Don’t forget the power of emotion and passion. Especially positive reactions. Exceptional conversationalists are masters of displaying feelings. Shy people are often reserved and slow to show emotion – if any at all. Many shy people I know play their cards close to the...

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Gregory Peart, M.Ed.

social scientist / author / father / gamer



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