From the Vault #19 | How to Learn Like Tim Ferriss


From the Vault #19 | How to Learn Like Tim Ferriss

Our From the Vault series examines episodes from The Art of Charm’s past more deeply; we invite you to revisit them — or discover them for the first time — with us. This From the Vault comes from our Bonus Episode treasury and features the one and only Tim Ferriss — from the days before his podcast became the ubiquitous juggernaut we know and love today. Jordan’s conversation with Tim originally aired in November of 2012 and was a slow walk through what we’ve seen Tim become famous for: learning at an accelerated speed, aka meta-learning. I’ve spoken about my … Read More


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What We’re Reading #4 | Sapiens, Slavery, Paradoxes, and Fossils


What We're Reading #4 | Sapiens, Slavery, Paradoxes, and Fossils

The AoC team is a well-read bunch. Each month, I’ll share what I’ve been perusing and try to get the others to put their books down long enough to do the same. If you’ve got any suggestions for books you think we should be reading (or comments about what we’ve already read), drop us a line at our respective Twitter feeds! Jordan Harbinger (@theartofcharm) Jordan decided to finally tackle Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Sapiens looks at different theories of man’s evolution and why things have turned out the way they have in all sorts of … Read More


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The Three-Step Process for Building a Successful Social Circle


To expand your social circle: meet, invite, connect.

Maybe you found us because you have a little social anxiety; maybe you’re a little introverted and don’t feel comfortable approaching people you don’t know. Here’s our three-step process to enable you to make friends anywhere you are so you can quickly and easily filter for quality people, build a successful social circle, and have a lot of fun in the process. The way we like to think about building a social circle is as a social sales funnel. You may actually be in sales and are already familiar with a social sales funnel concept. The idea of the sales … Read More


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How to Say No (and Still Be the Nice Guy)


How to Say No (and Still Be the Nice Guy)

Chase was looking for freelance design work. When a friend introduced him to an event coordinator who needed a good designer, Chase jumped on the phone with his prospective new boss. The way he tells the story, he instantly knew that the situation would be a disaster. The event coordinator was cagey, skeptical, and vague about what what he needed for his upcoming events. He challenged Chase to pitch ideas without giving him much context on his brand and clients. When Chase tried to ask questions, the guy insisted he needed a designer who had enough experience to figure out … Read More


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Want More Confidence? 5 Confidence Boosters You Should Try, Starting Now


Want More Confidence? 5 Confidence Boosters You Should Try, Starting Now

“What can I do to boost my confidence?” We get that question a lot. Straight up? Confidence is a lifelong project; you’re always going to be building, strengthening, and adding to it, but we want to give you some quick tips on boosting your confidence starting right now. As you guys may know from the challenge, we’re all about action here at the Art of Charm. When you feel like your confidence is faltering, you might find yourself procrastinating rather than taking the next step and being proactive. It’s perfectly normal, but if you’re serious about growth, you can’t just … Read More


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From the Vault #18 | Systematize Your Networking with John Corcoran


John Corcoran | Systemize Your Networking (Episode 254)

Our From the Vault series examines episodes from The Art of Charm’s past more deeply; we invite you to revisit them — or discover them for the first time — with us. This From the Vault features John Corcoran of Smart Business Revolution and reminds us that the best networkers don’t just “wing it.” Episode 254: Systematize Your Networking originally aired in April 2014 and featured a former White House speechwriter, John Corcoran. A lawyer by trade, John still writes extensively, be it for the San Francisco Chronicle. In this episode Jordan presses John for tips for those who feel … Read More


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5 Common Frustrations and How to Handle Them


5 Common Frustrations and How to Handle Them

I was browsing Reddit the other day when I came across a thread that caught my eye. The title was simple: “What frustrates you most about life?” The frustrations people submitted ranged from economic to familial, psychological to political. They were all universal human concerns — problems men and women from all walks of life struggle with every single day. Many of them focus on the same themes we explore in our live residential programs and on the podcast. Several were questions I’ve wrestled with in my own life. As I read, I found myself wanting to respond to each … Read More


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Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in the Room? Learn the Art of Active Listening.


Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in the Room? Learn the Art of Active Listening

One question we get frequently is, “How do I become a better listener?” Listening is an important social skill we need if we want to really connect with other people. Most people know listening is important, but a lot of us (especially those of us with a little social anxiety) end up in our heads, over-thinking things. The problem is that when we’re stuck in our heads, it’s too hard to follow along with the conversation. This is why it can be a struggle to actually listen to other people. There are competing dialogues; the one you’re having with the … Read More


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The Art of Feedback (And Why It Really Matters)


The Art of Feedback (And Why It Really Matters)

Confession: I’m not exactly a natural when it comes to feedback. Offering meaningful criticism was a skill I learned later in life, and to this day, I have to work consciously to give and interpret feedback the right way. For a long time, I felt like this was a gap in my ability — a sensitivity to criticism I just happened not to be born with. But that wasn’t exactly the case. The more I developed my coaching and broadcasting skills, the more I was forced to develop my feedback muscles — first by receiving feedback from audiences and colleagues, … Read More


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How Do You Host a Great Event (and Build Your Social Capital Without Keeling over from Social Anxiety)?


How Do You Host a Great Event (and Build Your Social Capital Without Keeling over from Social Anxiety)?

You understand hosting a fabulous event is a great way to network and build social capital. That’s a given. But how do you get started when you don’t have an actual clue where to begin? The art of hosting a fabulous event that builds your social circle and your personal reputation as an all-around cool guy or gal is easier than you think. When most of us think about hosting events, it’s easy to run straight to fear and anxiety when we feel like we need to plan something epic with big entertainment, fancy food, top shelf cocktails, and gluten-free … Read More


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