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11 Best Books To Read To Improve Your Social Skills

Humans are bizarre creatures. Luckily, since you are a human (I assume), you have all the skills needed to get along in society. If you want to take your social skills to the next level, here are the 11 best books to read.

#1 Doing This ONE Thing Will Change Your Life Forever! by Jacqui Oliver

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Emotional and intimacy issues which contaminate relationships are solved in this book along with a proven strategy for enhancing all aspects of personal connection. These insightful answers can transform an adult or teen from feeling frustrated, insecure and isolated into a happy, radiant and confident person.

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Contributors: Jacqui Olliver from End the Problem

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#2 Don’t Be a Cow! Find Your Own Path by George and Rachel Barker

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George and Rachel have used the book at presentations for not for profit groups such as the Alabama Forestry Association and the Future Farmer’s of America, and local businesses such as BB&T bank in Auburn AL. People find the book and his presentations enjoyable and thought-provoking. This book helps with self-esteem and building team confidence by exploring the things we do that make us “follow the herd” when we should find our own paths.

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Contributors: Gary S. James from Jamesgang Creative + Communications 

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#3 How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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Although this book was first published in 1937 the principles remain timeless as Carnegie had a true understanding of human nature and those principles will never become outdated. In this book, you learn techniques to make people feel important, appreciated, and make them like you... without having them feel like they've been manipulated. 

This was one of the first self-improvement books I've ever read and revisit it every few years to be reminded of the simple but powerful principles it teaches. 

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Contributors: Brian T. Edmondson from Internet Income Coach

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#4 The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

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So I have always been an oversensitive guy and my life being controlled by others without even my knowledge. The SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*** by Mark Mansion helped me realize how this thing has been ruining the joy of my life. And although I'm not completely changed, there's some part of me that now knows what to give a f*** about and what to not.

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Contributors: Roshan Ingle from Alienpanda

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#5 How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

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There are plenty of books that claim to teach you confidence, but this one seems to do it without trying. Her techniques are simple, effective, and easy to pull out during everyday conversations without forcing it. Small talk isn't complicated, but it's so difficult to master and so important for personal and professional connections. Whenever I meet someone new, no matter what the context is, I end up using at least one of these tricks.

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Contributors: Sal Raichbach from Ambrosia Treatment Center

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#6 Exactly What to Say by Phil M. Jones

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This comes from a perspective of making a sale, but the advice is relevant to many situations in life. Whether it's a casual dinner with old friends or getting to know someone for the first time. Exactly What to Say has a lot of pro-tips for bridging the conversation gap. 

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Contributors: Ryan Knoll from Civil Hair

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#7 Verbal Judo by George J. Thompson & Jerry B. Jenkins

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The book's goal is to teach the reader how to de-escalate heated situations. The author is a former police officer who taught classes on handling tense situations without violence. Many of the lessons have applications to life and death situations but can also be used for those of us not in law enforcement. The techniques taught help with business and romantic relationships. This book has saved my relationship more than I'd like to admit. 

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Contributors: Ryan Knoll from Civil Hair

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#8 The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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This book is a classic for anyone looking to fixing their love life, but it also applies outside of romantic relationships. I've gotten more use out of the Five Love Languages in my business than anywhere else. Knowing what makes people feel loved can be the key to keeping friends, saving a marriage, or making that employee feel appreciated. Every person has a different love language and learning about them can answer a lot of questions for people who have difficulty figuring people out. 

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Contributors: Ryan Knoll from Civil Hair

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#9 Game of Thrones, by George RR Martin

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The message behind reading Game of Thrones is deep and meaningful - you should try to become aware of topical, relevant things in order to make socializing and conversation easier. As one of the most popular books in the world right now, Game of Thrones is an easy conversation starter that can likely help many a socially awkward person find common ground with new acquaintances and friends. Read and be familiar with popular things in order to make sure you've got plenty to talk about with people. This will, in turn, help you improve your social skills! 

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#10 Modern Manners by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler

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This fairly compact book (176 pages cover-to-cover) is easily-digested and is co-authored by the founder of The Protocol School of Washington. Ms. Johnson has presented seminars and briefings on manners to more than 100,000 individuals worldwide, has previously authored five books on various aspects of this topic (including a bestseller entitled The Little Book of Etiquette), and is a frequent contributor to trade and business publications. In this book, the authors help professionals navigate the 21st-century expectations regarding the manners and etiquette required in both social and business settings.

They address issues on a wide range of topics including: handling job interviews, providing confident handshakes, making good conversation in any setting, proper business attire and meeting protocol, e-mail etiquette, what to post (or refrain from posting) on social media, dealing with rude cell phone users, hosting meetings at restaurants, and a guide to the table manners that young professionals must demonstrate. In summary, these authors provide a wealth of useful information that won't be found in most business books these days.

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Contributors: Timothy G. Wiedman from Doane University

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#11 Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

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This book teaches how to deal with your emotions, where you may lack skills and provides tips on how to improve them. It also helps you understand why others may act the way they do and how to react and interact with them. It has helped me learn that my Relationship Management skills needed work, and gave me tips to improve them. I tried those tips and they have truly helped me personally and professionally. 

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Contributors: Niesha Kennedy from Kennedy Robinson Public Relations

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  1. Thanks for sharing these tips. Very nice blog you have. Really liked it. Social skills are very important these days. Glad to know about these books.

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