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Social Skills Mastery

79 EpisodesProduced by Susan CallenderWebsite

The Social Skills Mastery Podcast is where High-Performance Social Confidence Coach and Corporate Trainer, Susan Callender helps professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs stand out in competitive and often high-stakes situations, by raising social capital and using the power of polished peop… read more

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79. Why Being Social Does Not Require Sipping Cocktails at Packed Parties

January 15th, 2022


When you want to be more socially connected but you’re still finding it challenging to take the leap, it’s easy to work yourself into an insane kind of paranoia about where to go, what to say, and how to get it right …

78. How Socially Reserved Businesspeople Can Become Highly Visible Without Attending Conferences and Networking

January 6th, 2022


Why is it that we can feel confident about our work and contributions — that is until the red light goes on and we’re live.

So many of us claim to want to stand out from the competition, but when the time comes to get …

77. How to Make Friends as a Professional

January 4th, 2022


It was so much easier when you were a kid.  In college, you almost had to be trying not to make friends. And overnight you become an adult. You get …

76. Removing the Sting of Social Rejection with Reframing and the Law of Polarity

December 25th, 2021


Social rejection or the feelings that support it are an inevitable part of life. We are designed to be social beings with the intention to connect and link to and through one another continuously and through the varied …

75. Creating a Magnetic Personality That Attracts, Effortlessly

December 18th, 2021


Personal Magnetism is one trait that is a must-have to attract others towards you. If you’re self-assured and comfortable in your own skin, then you have the energy to draw people in, and nothing can dampen your …

74. How to Stop Limiting Beliefs from Holding You Back from a Great Social Life

December 9th, 2021


Are thoughts about what you can accomplish preventing you from being an interpersonal skills ninja? You are likely experiencing limiting beliefs, or pervasive thoughts about your capabilities that are a roadblock to …

73. What They Think When Meeting You: Managing Impressions and Perceptions

December 2nd, 2021


Are you pitching potential investors, wooing a new client, or interviewing for a job? It is worth your time to first become self-aware and determine the impression you make and how you think others perceive you.

This …

72. Why Your People Skills Aren't Improving (and what to do about it)

November 24th, 2021


I’ve made some pretty big choices over the past several years;

  • I’ve become a popular speaker in my niche.
  • I’ve created a podcast.
  • I’ve posted videos …

71. Fearlessly Taking the Reins as the Face of Your Business

November 11th, 2021


An attractive logo won’t help you establish a strong connection with a potential customer. That’s why it’s important, especially when you’re the face of your business to communicate fearlessly, frequently, and without …

70. Go First! S/he Who Speaks First Holds the Power

November 4th, 2021


Being the first to offer a greeting as basic as “Hi” followed by your name is a total power move. When you are the first to speak and extend your arm …

69. The Hidden Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Professional Excellence

October 13th, 2021

Learning to effortlessly develop meaningful connections with others is a large component of emotional intelligence. Even if you are somewhat reserved …

68. Creating Self-Awareness Through Body Language

October 6th, 2021


Have you wondered why conversations end a little too quickly, and people seem to walk away before you're finished speaking?

It’s estimated that up to 80% of our communications are non-verbal. So, understanding body …

67. The Never-ending Quest for To Make Conversation Comfortable

October 4th, 2021


The quest for better conversations is always a top topic request, and that makes sense because it is one of the best ways to connect with other people.

Having a conversation requires some skill because they’re often …

66. The Power of Kindness in Connecting with Donna Cameron

August 5th, 2021


The power of kindness as a means to create meaningful connections between people cannot be overstated.  It is part of a social cycle in which at …

65. Creating Higher Level Thoughts to Alleviate Social Anxiety

July 30th, 2021


Most of our thoughts are prompted by our current environment, and we can’t help but think about what’s right in front of us. What we see and …

64. Being Socially Visible in Business

July 24th, 2021


It goes without saying that you want to make a profit, in business, but you can’t earn anything if people do not know about you. Increasing your visibility is essential to the success of your business or your job. As an …

63. Creating Social Confidence with Conscious Connections

July 11th, 2021


Everything we do is reviewed first in our brain then transferred to our motor skills. This is how we function all day and every day, and social skills, social anxiety, and fear of being visible, to name a few are very …


July 2nd, 2021


Welcome to the rebranded podcast. The name has been changed from "The Soft Power Podcast" to "Social Skills Mastery". The mission is similar, and that is to help entrepreneurs, personal brands, and professionals stand …

61. Wendi Friesen on Finding Relief from Social Anxiety and Creating a Life You Love through Hypnosis and NLP

June 17th, 2021


For multitudes of businesspeople, being socially smooth and quickly connecting with customers, clients, colleagues, and even potential investors is …

60. My favorite Coaching Tool to Overcome Anxiety and Create Social Confidence

June 9th, 2021


Coaching methods and tools, when used properly, can change the direction of client’s lives and help them achieve continuous growth, prosperity, and …

59. What They're Thinking When They See You

June 2nd, 2021


Having a commanding presence is a trait of soft power. We have to remember that power is energy and energy is not seen, per se but it is felt. 

A …

58. Turning Desires into Reality Using Mental Rehearsal

May 26th, 2021


Mental Rehearsal, or The Social Priming System developed here at Social Confidence Pro is a way to focus and guide your imagination to create a mental image of a future event. It harnesses the power of your brain to …

57. How to Overcome and Move Past Resistance to Being Social in Business

May 19th, 2021


When it comes to resistance, too often we think in terms of what can potentially be lost, rather than what can be gained. When it comes to social skills, it’s all gain.

To put it simply, putting yourself out there and …

56. Social Priming Your Brain for People Skills Success

May 12th, 2021


Social Priming is a method by which you use the power of your mind to create an intense level of concentration or focused attention on …

55. Why Perfection Loses in the Social Skills Game

May 5th, 2021


To be a productive and successful person, you have to learn from your mistakes; and to be able to learn from your mistakes, you have to be …

54. Setting Big Goals to Reach "Impossible" Outcomes

May 1st, 2021


Have you ever had a desire that no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t see yourself achieving it? Successful people are relentless goal setters. …

53. Revealing Your Blind Spots for Deeper Self-Awareness

April 21st, 2021


Self-awareness and exposing blind spots is a primary area of focus in our coaching programs. A blind spot is something about yourself and/or your actions that you don’t see clearly or are hesitant to acknowledge. Blind …

52. How to Raise Social Capital and Uplevel Your Life

April 14th, 2021


Every professional and entrepreneur needs three kinds of capital to build true wealth: monetary, human, and social.

While each is essential in business, social capital — the shared values that exist between people and …

51. How To Be A Total Head-Turner and an Interesting Person

April 7th, 2021


What is it about power and presence that you can see it and feel it as soon as a person enters your shared space? What we know is that it's …

49. How to Get Over the Fear of Creating Live Videos

March 24th, 2021


Live and recorded video is here to stay, so much so that it inescapable for anyone who wants to raise their grade and their professional profile. Producing your first videos can cause anxiety, and this is normal, so do …

48. How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

March 17th, 2021


You've heard it all before. People fear public speaking more than they fear babies, chocolate pudding, and natural disasters. It's truly time to get …

47. A Case for Keeping Conversations Brief (aka How to not be a long-talker)

March 10th, 2021


A common misconception is that talking ad nauseam and being long-winded makes a person appear knowledgeable, and nothing could be farther from the …

46. How to Not Be the "Awkward" Person in the Room

March 3rd, 2021


It’s bound to occur from time to time, a little social awkwardness. Maybe it’s a co-worker. Hopefully it’s not you.  When your professional …

45. Taking Control of Your Desired and Perceived Image

February 24th, 2021


The self-image refers to the way you see yourself, both physically and mentally. It is guided by your subconscious and proves that thoughts really do …

44. Taking Massive Action Through Your Mindset

February 17th, 2021


Managing your mindset is the best thing you can do on a day-to-day basis to help you stay on track, reach your goals, and create opportunities for growth and change. It is far too easy to compare your performance and …

43. Getting the Upper Hand on Limiting Beliefs

February 10th, 2021


A limiting belief is that voice in your head convincing you that you can’t do something. The voice gets louder and louder every time you allow …

42. The Best Kept Secrets to Camaraderie & Connection

February 3rd, 2021


We like ourselves—that is basic human nature. We are also more receptive towards others who appear to understand us quickly, and this is the secret to camaraderie and connection. Once you have camaraderie, there is a …

41. Using Soft Power to Influence in Meetings

January 27th, 2021


How you show-up and the perceptions others have of you also speaks to the power or lack thereof that you wield. The impression you make matters - always.

When being quiet is what you’re best known for, it can be …

40. Shyness, Social Anxiety, and Living a Full, Fun Life

January 20th, 2021


Shyness and social anxiety are quite different maladies that are often conflated. Both are equally present in society, with social anxiety disorder being the most common form among all the anxiety disorders. A social …

39. The Power of Personal Magnetism

January 13th, 2021


We all have internal super magnets that draw others closer or push them away. Working to increase this magnetism can help you to attract more positivity.

Despite what some believe, it is possible to increase your …

38. Becoming Socially Confident

January 6th, 2021


Being socially confident benefits every aspect of your personal and professional life. If you are generally introverted, or reserved, it may feel overwhelming to develop these skills, but you will notice people have …

37. The Value of a Social Skills Coach and Connecting with Co-Workers

December 30th, 2020


We’re living busy, socially distanced, professional lives, and  trying to balance between work and networking, all the while ignoring the value of the people we work with every day. Often, our connections fall by the …

36. Big Tips for Making Small Talk

December 23rd, 2020


Mastering small talk and confidently engaging in deeper conversations are essential for professional success and personal gain. Yet the thought of striking up a conversation makes you freeze because you do not know how …

35. A Strong, Attractive, and Consistent Personal Brand is Priority #1

December 16th, 2020


The competition for jobs, clients, customers, and raises is fierce,  and with a few keystrokes, someone anywhere on the planet or just a few floors above you can quickly determine whether your brand is working for you …

Bonus: POP in 2021 with a Limited Offer Coaching Package

December 14th, 2020


What's on your goal list, and can coaching help?

Laser Coaching can help you tackle life's big obstacles and roadblocks, and issues that may just be …

34. The One Where We Perfect Your Personal Pitch w/ Andrew Winig - The Elevator Pitch Coach

December 9th, 2020


“If you’re waiting for in-person networking to make a comeback, you’ll be behind.” That advice as well as other golden nuggets, like “Everything good …

33. The One Where I Encourage You to Speak Up

December 2nd, 2020


It happens all the time. You're in the same physical or virtual room with people who see conversations as being easy-breezy. In fact, they don't give it a second thought. They’re comfortable and confident and say …

32. Devin Marks, The TED Talk Whisperer, on Connecting with Your Audience and Changing Minds

November 25th, 2020


Your conference presentation may have been planned for a hotel ballroom, and now it’s been relocated to Zoom. Does that mean you can relax? Presentations, speaking, and any form of public address are pivotal moments in …

31. Compelling Ways to Sell Yourself and Influence Behavior with Dr. Nancy Zare

November 18th, 2020


Despite their best efforts, some people consistently struggle to connect personally and professionally. Whether it's a job interview, co-worker, client, or customer relationships, there is a disconnect in how they …

30. Using the Power of Your Thoughts to Create Better Business Relationships

November 11th, 2020


Thoughts create things, therefore, if you dread making connections with colleagues, you'll receive a lukewarm reception in return. The ability to …

29. The Introverted Person's Guide to Perfecting Public Speaking with Kit Pang

November 4th, 2020


It likely will not surprise you that many professionals do not look forward to presentations and peaking to large groups, and for shy and introverted people in business, it can be excruciating.

Still, it's necessary if …

28. How to Build Your Professional Network While Working Remotely

October 28th, 2020


There are numerous benefits to working from home, and losing connection to your professional peers and potential job opportunities is not one of them. 

Networking while working remotely takes on a different level of …

27. Always Bring Your "A" Game: The Illusive Power of Presence

October 21st, 2020


Would you like to totally take command of a room, a meeting, or an interview? Well, that requires Presence. Presence is your unique, custom blend of …

26. How Increasing Social Capital Promotes Your Power

October 14th, 2020


Professionals who succeed and become powerful in their respective fields, tend to have highly polished communication skills and easily navigate …

25. The Lure of Likability - Revisiting "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

October 7th, 2020


The terrific thing about social skills and likability is that you can hit the reset button and start fresh any day and at any time. It doesn’t matter where you work or what your job title may be. Your skills in …

24. The Soft Power of Assertiveness - Reclaiming Your Power

September 30th, 2020


Let's be honest, no one likes a push-over, aside from the person doing the pushing. Assertiveness is a communication skill that is essential to develop and hone if you wish to move beyond your current professional, …

23. How Quiet Introverts Can Win the Small Talk Game

September 23rd, 2020


No matter where you are on the personality spectrum, there’ll be times when it's challenging to start a conversation and keep it going. Overthinking it, as introverts have a tendency to do, will generally get you …

22. Taking a Fresh Look at Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends and Influence People

September 16th, 2020


Why has everything about the world and how we live changed, but the principles presented by Dale Carnegie in his classic bestseller, How To Win Friends and Influence People are still valid?

Accompanied by Facebook Live …

21. Using Online Groups as a Social Strategy

September 9th, 2020


Online networking in LinkedIn Groups and MeetUps are two super effective ways to stay on top of the professional chatter in your industry as well as being a great way to build your virtual street cred while WFH, and …

20. How to Click and Connect with Colleagues

September 2nd, 2020


Meeting people and building your professional network doesn’t happen overnight.In fact, with so many people now taking advantage of working from home due to the pandemic, making connections has become downright …

19. Fixated on Fear? You're Not the Only One

August 26th, 2020


Overcoming fears related to moving up in your career - or in any aspect of life is one of the most underrated yet important skills to master in any professional’s journey. And if you’re looking to make yourself stand …

18. How to be a Conversation Superstar

August 20th, 2020


We’ve been chatting our lives away, in most cases for decades, and for many people, getting a conversation going is still the hardest part.

 If you wish you had the natural ability to make conversation that the people …

17. Finding a Deep Sense of Calm through Clarity + Confidence with Iskra Petrova

August 12th, 2020


Iskra is a coach, a leader of transformational retreats, and a passionate community builder.

She discovered that maintaining the mind-body-energy …

16. How to Speak Up for your Financial Future with Kelly Hollingsworth

August 5th, 2020


Communicating with clarity has many facets, and advocating clearly for your financial future is one of them. I invited Kelly Hollingsworth on the the …

15. How to Land the Job of Your Dreams with Ada Offonry

July 29th, 2020


Ada Offonry started her career in investment banking, prior to becoming a headhunter specializing in financial services and technology. She was …

14. Reach Your Next Level with The Power of Intention and Paul A. Good

July 22nd, 2020


As a teen, Paul A. Good recognized that sadness and stress could be harmful. He wanted to learn to actively heal that potential harm and started …

13. How to Look, Speak, and Act the Part with Charmaine Bryan

July 15th, 2020


Charmaine Bryan is an image consultant on a mission is to help driven professionals Look the Part, Act the Part and Speak the Part. On today’s …

12. How to Create New Friendships as a Professional

July 8th, 2020


Meeting new people can feel challenging, but only if you don’t have the right mindset. You go through life making new acquaintances, and it’s not until you place the label “friend” on it that it suddenly feels a bit …

11. Find Your Voice - The Power of Publishing Online

July 1st, 2020

Publishing content online through video, podcasts, blogs, articles, and vlogs is an excellent method to promote your personal brand, as well as provide countless topics to keep the conversation going.  Whether you work …

10. Overcoming Fear of Judgement

June 24th, 2020


Many things come easily to you; the work, the problem solving, and the extended hours, just to name a few. And regardless of your ability to produce …

9. How To Be Social Without Feeling Like An Imposter

June 17th, 2020


If the thought of initiating a conversation seems intimidating, fear not. There are tips and tricks that can help you. Being able to initiate and maintain a conversation is important in any setting because you're then …

8. The Fear That Prevents You from Standing Out

June 10th, 2020


Fear and worry exist only in your mind. Learning how to overcome persistent fear can be challenging for anyone. We are born fear-less, therefore, the condition can be unlearned by practicing self-discipline repeatedly …

7. Self-Conscious? You Can Get Over It.

June 3rd, 2020


Do you ever feel like everyone is watching you, analyzing your every move, and criticizing everything you say? Self-consciousness is a very real feeling, and you can move beyond it and Get Over It. I know this can feel …

6. Selling Yourself in Virtual Meetings

May 27th, 2020


In-person meetings are the most natural way to communicate. But if that’s inconvenient, then virtual or video conferencing has a number of advantages over phone calls. People pay more attention when they can see the …

5. Your 5-Step Shortcut to Showing Up with Social Capital

May 20th, 2020


When you have Social Capital it's like having plenty of money in the bank for any reason necessary It transmutes and transposes across every spectrum of your life. There isn’t a single facet of your professional …

4. How To Rapidly Create Rapport

May 13th, 2020


In business, if you can build a strong rapport with your peers or with colleagues and clients across different organizations, then you can leverage …

3. It's Your People Skills That'll Pay the Bills, Post-Pandemic

May 2nd, 2020


Are you working in a professional capacity and have yet to overcome shyness, introversion, social anxiety, or just being the quietest person in the room? I was that person for many years until a succession of events and …

1. How You're Perceived Matters

May 2nd, 2020


Oftentimes, when you get what you wanted, people skills were involved. The same can be said when you don't get what you desired, when the opportunity …

2. The Benefits of Soft Power as a Part of Your Persona

May 2nd, 2020


There's a reason why experienced, foreign relations experts deploy soft power in sensitive talks and negotiations. The words you choose and your demeanor, whether open and inquisitive, or closed and defensive will make …

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