I don't know about anyone else, but I often find myself lacking in social graces so to speak. I've been left speechless, or worse perhaps, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I can also be a people pleaser, so needless to say, a class on social skills is right up my alley.
Despite being seen as an extrovert, you wouldn't believe how often I just don't know what to talk about. People see a ball of endless energy and don't really realize what's behind it all. I know that's maybe more info than needed, but all this motivated me more for this class.
Turns out that the class was an hour with Eric Waisman from Jaunty. He was nice and personable, giving us tips on how to begin and even end conversations without seeming rude. He gave us a seven-step skill set, three of which we managed to complete and go into break rooms for. Shout out to Andie E. and Vicki C., the two ladies who got to do these exercises with me!
Found it to be an interesting class, even took notes. More surprising still is Eric's generosity. He gave us a link to book a 20-minute session with him free. Apparently these sessions are usually worth $250+, so wow - I'm very impressed. I already booked mine and I'm looking forward to learning more.
A special thanks again to Eric and to Yelp community manager, Brad B., for setting this up. This was something different and definitely needed during these times of COVID. It really shocks me how socialization, in general, is changing and how we don't know how exactly to keep up with it.