Have you been missing out on getting what you want most in life because you lack confidence or are shy? Do you want to have the confidence to do anything you want and not care about what others think of you? Then keep reading….
When I was a shy overweight kid who lacked confidence:
I was always the last person to be picked for the soccer team.
I was afraid of looking like an idiot for asking a question out loud in front of everyone in class.
I thought I could never become the person I dreamt of becoming: the confident and badass person who doesn’t care about what other people think.
I stood in a corner at the party afraid to talk to the girl that I liked.
If you can relate to what I’m talking about and you would like to transform yourself then this book is a must-read for you….
These are just some of the problems I faced as a teen. I made it my mission to figure out what was making me anxious and what was holding me back from doing all the things I wanted to do. I‘ve now come a long way since and I want to help you.
In this handbook, you’ll discover:
- How to communicate and get the message across even when you feel like no one will understand you.
- Exercises used even by the U.S. Navy Seals unit uses to remain calm under pressure.
- The one simple word fix to your sentences that will take your communication to the next level and grasp anyone’s attention.
- How to work with your parents even if you feel like they don’t get you at all or can’t help.
- Absolutely everything you need to know to achieve every single goal and ambition you have.
- Bonus templates for parents and teens to help with goal setting, planning, and mindset transformation.
Attention Parents! There’s also an addendum with special advice and tips for you to help the teens in your life develop stronger social skills and overcome anxiety.
I am eternally grateful to my parents as they played an instrumental role in my personal and social growth. I want to share with you everything my parents, counselors and mentors did right and a few tweaks and improvements that in retrospect would have helped me gain confidence faster.
I guarantee you that this book will work for you because:
- I’m not going to bore you with facts. I’ll tell you about the challenges and problems I faced, how I overcame them and how you can too.
- If you’ve tried all other self-help books and have not found them useful, this book will work for you because this is not a self-help book, it is a book to help you take specific action using templates to start today and get closer to your goal today.
- Even if you don’t like to read books or read in general, this book will work for you because this book is easy to read and relatable.
- Even if you’ve tried all the mainstream advice, this book will work for you because the advice is relevant for the 2020s.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
The Essential Social Skills Handbook for Teens: Fundamental strategies for teens and young adults to improve self-confidence, eliminate social anxiety and fulfill their potential in the 2020s focuses on real issues facing our teens and young adults in today’s society.
Every generation has its own set of stress inducers. Teens and adults have the same stressors as their parents did when they were younger; however, today’s teens have to handle social networks and all their pitfalls.
Richard Meadows was correct when he stated, and I’m paraphrasing, That we are all imperfect in the real world. The social platforms constantly thrust images of “perfect bodies” or “perfect lives” into our youth’s faces. They give the impression this is how the real world lives, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Teens view the pictures, watch the reels, watch every video under the sun, see these “perfect lives,” and then (sometimes) see their life as less-than. Negative thoughts bloom, causing low self-esteem and self-worth. We mustn’t feed into this “perfect image.” I’d suggest taking Richard’s advice – replace a negative thought with a positive one!
Richard stated more truths in this book. Prime example, communication is more than just speaking words. Tone, body language, and facial expressions contribute a lot to a conversation. When my daughter speaks with a tone, I call her on it every time. When my teen states she did nothing wrong, I say firmly, “It’s not the words you used but how you said them.” “Stop and Think” or think before you speak.
Other important truths – “Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness.” It’s a “powerful show of strength.” Also, help doesn’t always mean medication. Yes, some people will need a pill. But, many people only need to be heard. Being seen and being heard are essential in having good mental health.
No one spoke about teen depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues when I was younger. I’m thrilled today’s world is more vocal. There is no shame in asking for help. Please utilize the websites and helplines in the book if you need them. Remember, you’re not alone!
Even though The Essential Social Skills Handbook for Teens: Fundamental strategies for teens and young adults to improve self-confidence, eliminate social anxiety and fulfill their potential in the 2020s is directed towards teens, parents should read it.
Teens and adults, be sure and check out the templates and the journal prompts shared in the final pages. Great resource tools!
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Richard Meadows: Maximizing quality of life for teens and parents of teens with anxiety, ADHD, depression & stress.