Title: How to Talk to Anyone
Author: Leil Lowndes
Read it if: You’re stuck in how to interact with others
“Take consolation from the fact that the brighter the individual, the more he or she detests small talk.”
If you only met me in the past four years, you’d never guess that I used to have crippling social anxiety. The thought of interacting with others made me want to cry, and I couldn’t take more than ten steps out of my house without feeling like I was going to throw up. Thankfully, that’s changed (I’m the kind of person to make friends with everyone, now), and this book is partially the reason.
How to Talk to Anyone is perfect because it gives actionable activities that can be used in a number of situations to help you talk to others; at work, at parties, at networking events. If you’re the kind of person who freezes when someone asks you a question or can’t think of anything to say in group settings, this book is perfect for you.
This book is important (obviously) because it helped me push past my social anxiety. I remember the first time I tried one of these tips (at a party I didn’t want to be at, no less). It didn’t go exactly as the book said it would, but what was important was that it got me out of my comfort zone and got me talking to another human. And that’s what this book is all about – you can try out the tips, and some work, of course, but the point is that you’re forcing yourself to do something you’re afraid of. And that’s the push a lot of us need.