5 Skills That Can Significantly Improve Your Social Life

cial1. Meeting New People Who Are “Your Type”

You rarely meet new friends on the street, or during your commute. Instead, you probably have made friends through other friends, through work, school, or similar. This is primarily because friendship needs a context, or an appropriate environment in order to emerge.

If this is the case, why waste time hoping for new friendships to happen? Why not take control and put yourself in environments where the probability of meeting new people is high?

I recommend you find private settings like local communities or meet-up clubs around your interests. As a rule of thumb, you need to find places where it’s natural to walk up to a stranger and introduce yourself.

2. Knowing If They Too Are Looking For New Pals

This is counter-intuitive but, it helps you avoid rejection by taking a step-back before investing yourself too much, too early, on friendships that aren’t happening.

When you meet a new potential friend, don’t just assume that they have time for you, or that they too are looking for new pals. And that’s the case even if they like you as a

10 Tips for Building a Strong Online Community Around Your Startup


Building a community around your startup can be one of the cheapest ways to create momentum for your product. A community is much more than a one-time marketing campaign, and can help you throughout your company’s life cycle if you take the time to grow it right.

Here are 10 tips for getting started.

1. Look Before You Leap

First, take stock of who is already talking about your product or industry and where they’re doing it. Mike Handy, a community consultant, suggests you seek out “pockets of users who are excited about your product or service.” If users are already talking about your product on Twitter, for instance, that’s a good place to start building.

Sumaya Kazi, CEO of Sumazi, recommends “It’s best to focus on one to two communities to begin with, and really focus your efforts to grow a community one at a time.” Take stock of where your efforts will be most useful and narrow in on those areas.

2. Get to Know Your Users

Kazi recommends you “use Twitter search to see who is posting about your company, competitor or about a topic

How to be more social Skills for hitting the college social scene

lifeAre you a wallflower? Would you rather stay in and play videogames on Friday night? Do you know more about dead historians than your roommate? If you answered “yes” toany of these questions, then you are not making the most of your college social life. One of the best things about college is the ability to meet new, diverse individuals. So get your nose out of that book and take your friend up on the offer to go out for the night. And don’t worry about acting like a fool. Just follow these tips on how to be more social, brush up on a few social skills and you will soon realize that the college social scene is pretty awesome!

It’s all in what you do

Face it; if you don’t do anything in college, you won’t meet anyone in college (no, online gaming with someone in China doesn’t count). So find something that you love and share it with those around you. A CollegeView article, “The Top 8 Ways to Build a Social Life in College,” by Hannah Purnell offers some

Florists Like to Buy Wholesale Balloons for Holiday Happenings

If you sell balloons as a floral designer or feature them in your gift shop, then you know the importance of relying on a good supplier. Balloons are popular gifts because balloons can be used to carry a message as well as add colour to celebrations and parties.

Balloons can be used as gifts for a birthday or anniversary or they can be used as invitations. When used as invitations, imprinted balloons can provide information about the party such as the time and location of the big event. No guest should fail to RSVP with this kind of invitation.

Use Balloons When Working Out

Balloons can even be used during aerobic class. You can actually exercise with the helium-filled objects. If you want to be especially creative, you can have customised messages put on the balloons, such as “You Can Do It” or “Keep on Dancing” for exercise-dance enthusiasts.

Needless to say, anyone who wants to make use of balloons, whether they are working out or creating a gift basket, should find balloons that are sold for a whole sale price. That way, you can increase your profit margins, if you are a business


Colorado State University marriage and family therapy experts have tips about how to keep relationships running smoothly.

Tip No. 1: Take care of yourself. We all know that when you get on an airplane the announcement reminds us that in case of an emergency, to put our own oxygen mask on before we help the person sitting next to us. This is a good reminder for our daily lives as well. If we do not take care of ourselves, we will have trouble being there for the ones we love. So what does it mean to take care of ourselves? For some people it means getting exercise, for others a hot bath, and for some curling up with a good book. Whatever nurtures you be sure to do it a little bit each day. When we take time to take care of ourselves, we are more present and available for others.

Tip No. 2: Be mindful about the relationships in your life. Practicing mindfulness (which some may call prayer or meditation) refers to taking a few minutes on a regular basis to stop, breath, and reflect on the relationships in your life. Reflection can be centered on many different aspects of the relationship. For

Relationship problems

Have you reached a point where you are questioning where your relationship might be going, or have things changed and you aren’t sure how to get your relationship back on track? It is natural for relationships to change over time, but it can very easy to slip into complacency and to start taking each other for granted.

Having children can pile on even more pressure a relationship especially when there might be limited time for you to spend with your partner. It might be that you have to be a little more organised to ensure that you do make this happen. It is easy in any relationship for things to become a little too comfortable but it is really important that you do still make time for your partner to try and keep your relationship alive.

How to keep your relationship alive

Top ten tips for a happier family

  1. Balancing work and home life

    It’s not easy balancing yourwork and home life, but how you manage it can make quite a difference to your relationship with your family. Having a balance between work and home – being able to work in a way which fits around family commitments and isn’t restricted to the 9 to 5 – boosts self-esteem as you’re not always worrying about neglecting your responsibilities in any area, making you feel more in control of your life. Your family will be happier to see more of you, and you’ll have a life away from home.
  2. Look after yourself

    Parents often spend all their time looking after everyone else in the family and forget about themselves. If you don’t look after yourself, you can end up feeling miserable and resentful, and you won’t be able to give your children the support they need. Admit to yourself that you actually have feelings and needs of your own. It’s not selfish to treat yourself once in a while! It doesn’t have to be expensive – but putting aside some time to do just what YOU want to do, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day

13 Tips to Increase Your Family’s Happiness and Health

Tolstoy was right—happy families are all alike. At least they share certain basic characteristics. Here are a few of the foundations experts say are key to a loving, cheerful home:

  1. Create cuddle time.
    You can’t overdose on hugs. It’s important for families to spend time snuggling in bed together, reading, or talking or playing games. This kind of positive touch helps kids feel loved and secure, plus it’s fun for parents!
  2. Sing together, stay together.
    The Von Trapp family had it right—singing together is a terrific way to bond as a family. Make up your own words to your favorite tunes; dance around the living room with your children; and use music to motivate room cleaning.
  3. Make room for fun.
    While it’s good to encourage your children’s schoolwork and extracurricular activities, too much emphasis on them can create tension and anxiety. Make time for activities that have no purpose other than to allow family members to enjoy spending time together. Play games, plot surprise parties, take long walks, explore a cave, plant a garden, or cook.
  4. Exercise together.
    Take a run or a bike ride to a local park with your child. At the park, you can take time to

10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions

As an online learner, you already know that participating in your eLearning course online discussions contributes to your critical thinking and writing skills’ development. However, there is a netiquette code for online discussions too. In this article, I’ll share the 10 top netiquette tips for participating in online discussions, so that you will be able to make the most of your eLearning experience.

who was also a discussion specialist. Amazingly enough, this quote is still suitable, after almost a century, for all kinds of discussions, whether offline or online. Indeed, as an online learner, your goal when participating in an online discussion related to your eLearning course is the exchange of knowledge; after all, you are taking eLearning courses because you want to learn. But is there an appropriate netiquette for interaction in the online environment? In this article, I’ll share 10 netiquette tips for online discussions in order to help you effectively interact with your virtual classmates when writing is the only communication means that you have.

  1. Use proper language.
    Typos, spelling errors, and mixed up sentences reflect on you; correct spelling and grammatical construction are a must, so keep in mind to read through your posts before you submit them. Moreover, try

4 Proactive Strategies to Build a Social Life

A lot of people believe that developing a social life is something that should just happen naturally, on it’s on, without you needing to do anything. I disagree.

I think that while this can happen for some folks, in certain stages of their life, it’s not always the case. Which is why many of us today lack a fulfilling social life. If you’re in college so you get to hang around lots of other people and you’re naturally a social person, your social circle will develop on its own. But if you’re an accountant working in cubicle all day who doesn’t go out much and is kind of shy, your social life may be seriously deficient.

In my view, building a social life requires the same active and strategic approach that making money or building a career requires. An approach based on setting goals and acting on them. Coming from this angle, I want to show you 4 proactive strategies to build a social life.

1. Understand Your Type

A fulfilling social life looks differently for different people. Some of us need lots of friends and a large social circle. Some of us are more fond a having just a few friends, but who are

5 Tips to Minimize Enterprise File Sharing Risks

Regardless of the industry your business falls under, the ability of your employees to securely access tools and information to perform their duties is critical.  Providing employees easy access to files and folders is essential to keep business operations flowing and to avoid serious file sharing risks.

Since the days of the floppy disk, users have come up with some pretty creative ways to quickly and easily save information, as well as share it with each other. Technology has advanced to the point where email is no longer considered a convenient or secure way to share data.  Consumer level file sharing and sync options being utilized by individuals without IT knowledge lack security and increase risks to your business.

According to a study done by Gigaom Research and Harris Interactive, a staggering 84% of IT professionals reported security problems caused by use of consumer-oriented file sharing services for company business. Even for personal use, only about one-third of those users polled stated they trusted file sharing services.

There are many reasons why consumer-oriented file sharing platforms aren’t trusted – chief among them being lack of control over how company data is shared, service reliability and the fact these platforms steer users to set up automatic file syncing

Twelve Tips to Cure Network File Sharing Problems

Can’t open a shared folder or even see the computer on the network, or edit a shared folder or its files when you want to?

Whatever the sharing problem is, review these tasks and techniques. You’ll probably find the underlying cause or simply get sharing working like you want. Now get started!

#1 Manually Access Shares

The basic way to access shares on a network is to pull up My Network Places in XP or Network in Vista and browse to the workgroup, computer, and folder. However, you can also access shares manually, which may work even if you can’t browse to them. Just like typing in a path to a local file (e.g. C:/Windows/), you can type the path to shares (e.g. \\desktop\My Documents\).

This is called the UNC path and is formatted as:


#2 Use the Windows Repair and Diagnostics Tools

In Windows XP, right-click the network icon in the system tray and select Repair. In Windows Vista, right-click the Network and Sharing Center icon and click Diagnose and Repair.

A status window will pop up while Windows runs some checks and tests. At the end, it will tell you something, whether or not it fixes your problem. Follow what it says or continue with

How to Use Content to Keep Customers or Members Returning to Your Online Community

In the end, keeping your members coming back to your community comes down to more than just making participation into a game, or training your members to login every day. Without engaging content, none of that really matters.

If you get your members to login to a community with no content, or no relevant content, it probably won’t matter how easy it was for them to login, and chances are that they won’t come back. Vanessa DiMauro, CEO of Leader Networks says, “Community happens when members have found each other and have a vested interest in collaborating through content and conversation.  At the end of the day, people come for content and stay for community.”

In previous articles, we’ve offered suggestions on how you can become part of their routine as well as creating an “addiction” to logging in. While those techniques are feature- and activity-centered, increasing log-ins is also about content.

Features facilitate the action, but the content will keep bringing them back. Do you have any friends or acquaintances who have given up Facebook for a time? If you do, you’ll know it’s not the features that send them into hibernation; it’s the content in their streams. Contrary to popular belief, human

6 Tips For Business People Who Are New To Online Community Management

Due to its newness in our business lexicon, “online community management” is a term that is often met by feelings of confusion. Most business people don’t have much experience with online community strategies.

Research often reports online communities strategies amongst the most effective marketing and customer relationship strategies, while it is also one of the most underutilized approaches.

However, with proper resource planning. learning how to launch, plan, and grow your community doesn’t have to be so scary.

So, take a deep breath and read on. It’s really just like learning anything else in business. It’s a process with best practices and tips to make it easy.

The Online Community Blueprint

Socious is on a mission to provide helpful resources to conversations around online community management and execution. We are constantly looking for new ways to reach people with easy-to-under stand tips. One of the latest additions to the Socious library is a publication titled, The Online Community Blueprint: A 9 Step Guide to Planning an Online Community for Your Customers, Members, or Partners.

This publication takes readers from the mere thought of an online community all the way to launch. Recently, authors Katie Bapple and Josh Paul were invited to delve deeper into these topics

11 Tips For Growing An Active And Engaged Online Community

You’ve no doubt seen hundreds of business articles claiming that content is king. But as quickly as content is churned out, it’s just as quickly yesterday’s news. At my company GirlsAskGuys, community is king. Our emphasis is on promoting the development of a community that will create fresh, new content. But building such a group requires an in-depth understanding of your members.

GirlsAskGuys is built around creating a community that sees each other as trusted-yet-anonymous friends who can be freely approached for advice about the opposite sex. Over the last seven years, our community has grown to include nearly 1 million members, and we have carefully honed our strategy around growth tactics proven through our own experience. Here are the 11 most important ones we learned for successfully growing an engaged online community:

1. Hire the right community managers. 

You need people who are passionate, proactive and have people skills, because their role is to manage people rather than content or moderation. GirlsAskGuys has platforms in three different languages and cultural communities. Each of these platforms has dedicated community managers who are part of the unique culture.

Another important aspect of the right community manager is their ability to unplug from the digital environment. Being constantly immersed in your community can sometimes cause

Seven Tips for Social Networking Online

Just when you’ve mastered the art of handing out your business card, along comes another way to make connections — social networking online.

Social networking sites help you make connections for business, dating or personal interests. Specifics vary, but they generally work as follows:

  • A friend or contact invites you to join the service. You may also join by visiting the site and signing up on your own.
  • You create a profile describing yourself and your interests.
  • You connect to your friend’s or colleague’s network and then expand your own network via message boards, blogs and connecting to members with similar interests.

By joining via an invitation from someone you know — someone with interests similar to yours — you could easily be connected to a network of hundreds of people within seconds. An easy way to find job leads, right? Well, not so fast.

Avoid These Social Networking Gaffes

As you would expect, newfangled ways to network also mean plenty of chances for faux pas and breaches of etiquette. To help you navigate the new world of social networking, heed these seven tips:

  • Choose Your Flavor:Don’t jump at every offer to join a social networking service. Some focus on dating, while others are devoted to professional interests. Many mix business and

12 Ways To Improve Social Skills And Make You Sociable Anytime

If you feel like you’re the awkward person at social events or you struggle to enter into conversations because you’re shy, it can impact your social life and your career. However, you can start improving your social skills by following these 12 strategies and soon, you’ll be able to enter into conversations with confidence.

1. Behave Like a Social Person

You can behave like a more social creature, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t allow anxiety to hold you back. Make the decision to talk to new people and to enter into conversations even when you’re feeling nervous about it. Over time, it will get easier and you’ll quickly start improving your social skills.

2. Start Small if Necessary

If going to a party or spending time in a crowd seems overwhelming, start small. Go into the grocery store and say, “Thank you,” to the clerk or go to a restaurant and order your food. Practice making small talk gradually.

3. Ask Open-Ended Questions

If you want the attention off you in a conversation, get familiar with open-ended questions. Encourage others to talk so you won’t have to make the idle chit-chat. Ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer and

9 Essential Social Media Tips for Beginners

Plunging into social media for the first time can be a bit daunting for individuals or businesses. There is a learning curve when it comes to becoming more social online, and it can take a while to learn what works and what doesn’t.  Here are a few of the best Do’s and Don’ts that can save you time and help grow your social media authority more quickly.

1. Start small

You’ll want to start small and try a couple services out at a time. Oftentimes newbies sign up for every social network under the sun and try to grow each of them. Guess how long they last? Building profiles for multiple social sites is hard work, so it’s best to start by only tackling a couple at first.

Once you find the right ones for you or your brand, then start to narrow your focus on those. Eventually you may want to scale your social media strategy to include more services, but you have to crawl before you can walk.

Start small, and then grow to other social networks as your confidence grows. Success breeds success.

2. Get a widget

Put a widget up on your site for your social networks. The best place to find

Keep your friends while starting up with these 4 tips

Starting a business is risky, but also exhilarating. You get to follow your dreams, work your own hours and stop building wealth for “the man” and start building it for yourself. So what do ‘your corporately employed friends think of your newly found freedoms and excitement? Well, they may not be that pumped.


It’s not to say that they’re going to outwardly discuss these feelings with you, or even that they’re consciously thinking them, but these thoughts are highly likely to be brooding deep down inside them as you go on your journey. Let’s have a gander at a handful while suggesting what you might do to keep your friends as, well, friends.


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11 Security Tips for Online Social Networking

Having covered the risks related to on-line social networking on several occasions, I’d like to outline my tips for using these services securely. In compiling this list, I tried to stay away from impractical recommendations, and did my best to base advice on actual occurrences, rather than theoretical threats:

  • Ignore any links embedded in email messages that appear to come from a social networking service. Instead, connect to the site directly by typing its URL or using a bookmark. This will help avoid phishing-style incidents.
  • Use HTTPS for as many interactions with the social networking site as possible. Many popular social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn now use HTTPS by default. Other sites might require you to enable HTTPS in the settings/profile area. Alternatively, install a “force HTTPS” type browser extension.
  • Review the list of apps and sites that you granted access to your social networking accounts.Deauthorize the services you no longer use; it is usually easy to authorize them again when the need arises.
  • Don’t include in your social networking communications potentially sensitive information about other people. For instance, some parents don’t like revealing the names of their kids online. Understand and respect your friends’ privacy preferences.
  • Be skeptical of job postings on social

The Top 8 Ways to Build a Social Life in College

Being an introverted and shy wallflower might be one way to live in high school. However, once college rolls around and you’re left on your own with your own freedoms, in a place you’re unfamiliar with, it’s up to you to be proactive with your social life. Whether you’re looking to get involved on campus, join a team, or just meet people, there are a number of things you can do to break out of your shell.

  1. Start Early: Your First Week at College Defines the Rest of the Year
  • Even if you consider yourself to be introverted, be more outgoing than you normally would the first week. Over the first couple of days, try to meet and talk to as many people as you can in your dorm and in class.
  • The best way to develop a community is to do everything in a group the first few weeks. When you attend meetings, invite others to join you. The same goes with lunch or dinner—invite anyone and everyone. By developing a group, or community, within your dorm, you’ll form friendships quickly.
  • Keep the door to your room open. This way people can drop in and say hello at any time.
  • Organize a weekly