Ep. 69: Why Being Socially Awkward Is Awesome

This week’s episode is sponsored by FreshBooks.

Join us this week as Josh and Shelby find out why being awkward isn’t as bad as we think it is in a discussion with Ty Tashiro, author of Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome. Shelby and Josh get personal and share what makes them awkward. And they share 10 things to remember to nail your next introduction.

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  • Tashiro says our quirky, unique character traits are on a bell curve. That’s good news. Some people might be socially fluent, but the average person is in some degree awkward.
  • Tashiro shares three upsides to being awkward:
    • “Awkward people are particularly enthusiastic and really passionate about the thing they love.”
    • “Awkwardness shows an association with what psychologists call striking talent.”
    • “Awkward people have a disposition that actually makes it a little bit easier for them to engage in that kind of deliberate practice.”
  • Josh and Shelby talk about one of the most awkward types of conversation: small talk. They pull conversation tips from the SUCCESS.com article “Nice to Meet You, the Art of Being Introduced”:
    • Consider the reputation of who is introducing you.
    • Follow up quickly after the introduction.
    • Aim for in-person introductions.
    • Adapt your schedule to theirs.
    • Prepare, prepare, prepare.
    • State your purpose for the meeting.
    • Show gratitude.
    • Stay in touch.
    • Make it a mutually beneficial relationship.
  • Have some thoughts about the episode? Send them to you@success.com.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“I like to think of awkwardness as an ability, and shyness and introversion as more of a preference.”

Ty Tashiro

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