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Joan Jerkovich “Your” Life Coach: Homeschooler socially awkward?

Joan Jerkovich "Your" Life Coach: Homeschooler socially awkward?

I was home schooled until I went to college and have never been to a public school. I’m having problems interacting with people because I don’t understand the pop culture references they make and I feel awkward around them. How do I socialize with people I have nothing in common with?

Here is my suggestion for making friends…the greatest compliment you can give to a person is to remember their name and show an interest in them and their lives.  People love to talk about themselves and about things they are interested in.  They want validation and this can be given as you nurture new friendships by being enthusiastic and positive when you’re with them.  You don’t need to know all about pop culture, or any subject for that matter, to make friends.  Listen attentively and ask questions drawn from what they are talking about, then, listen some more.  Let them tell you about their world and as you sit back and listen with a bright, accepting smile on your face, I guarantee you have a new friendship in the making.  So take a deep breath, put that smile on your face and make it happen!

Unleash your Personal Power with Life Coaching~

  • Make a list of your top 3 personal interests
  • Research where people with your similar interests meet
  • Commit to getting involved in an organization with people of like interests
  • What will you challenge yourself to do to combat your awkwardness?  (crawling under your bed covers does not apply here)
  • What “mantra” can you say to yourself when meeting new friends that will bolster your social confidence?  You’re cool and you know it so make it powerful and positive!  You can do this!

Joan Jerkovich, Board Certified CoachJoan Jerkovich is a Board Certified Life Coach who takes your questions on Relationships, Health, Careers, Sexuality and Self Care.  No question is off limits!  She gives her opinion, then partners with you by submitting Life Coaching questions that will help you move toward health and happiness in your life.  Email your questions to tjjs.radio@gmail.com or arrange a time to talk with Joan in person on her radio talk show at www.joanjerkovich.com

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