Review of Big Talk Communication Skills Training Course (the Good & Bad)

Big Talk Conversation Skills Training Course

Full Review of Big Talk Conversation Course

Here’s my honest review (the good & the bad) of the Conversation – Communication Skills Training Course “Big Talk: Effortlessly Talk to Win Friends Anywhere with the Real You” by Joshua Uebergang.

Does it really help you improve your conversation skills, overcome shyness and feel comfortable in your own skin?

Well just from seeing the cover, it’s hard to tell isn’t it?

After all, when you buy a book or course, you usually read the table of contents to see if it’s something you’d like. Well this course is in e-book form, so you might not have that opportunity. So I’ll go through the table of contents of my copy so you’ll have a better idea if it’s what you’re looking for.

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Free Video Series Now Live: “Secrets to Rockin’ Social Skills & Self Esteem”

Just a quick post to announce the Social Success Video Series is now live. Video 1 is available for viewing.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, this is a RE-MAKE of my popular Conversation 202 Audio Course. I decided to re-create the series because of all the great questions and insights I gained from my readers since I made the first version of the course.

It now has techniques and principles more helpful to your specific social problems.

Just enter your best email in the form below and you’ll be able to instantly watch the videos.



You can also find out more about the new video series by reading this post.

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Survey Results: Do You Also Have These Common Conversation Problems?

Common Conversation Problems

Common Conversation Problems Survey Results

Finally, the results are in…

At the end of 2011, I sent out a survey to my readers asking their major problems/questions on conversation skills and social success.

The answers you sent back were varied, but shared a few common themes.

Some of you have been asking the results of that survey, so I’m happy to oblige. Plus, it can be a relief to know you’re not alone; others have your exact same challenges socially.

Which of these do you share?

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How to Form Close Friendships by Correctly Using Empathy

EmpathyPeople get angry.

They get happy, frustrated, passionate…emotional!

It happens, but if you’re shy or introverted, it can be disconcerting when someone you recently met (or even someone you know well) expresses their feelings.

Perhaps that’s because introverts and the shy often guard their inner worlds. We’re not so accustomed to emotions floating out in the open.

But it’s important to know when this happens, it’s an opportunity.

Whether the emotions are big (“I just lost my job”) or less so (“I love mystery novels”), knowing how to connect with someone on an emotional level is powerful.

It lets you “be there” for them AND allows you to deeply connect.

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Parrot’s Secret Gets People Talking (& Interested In You)


Parroting“Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don’t have to do anything else. We don’t have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.”


Many of you have been asking how to get people more engaged during conversation. You want them to warm up to you.

Now there’s plenty ways to accomplish this, but today I wanted to give you a quick and easy tip.

It’s a specific form of “active listening” called parroting that, if used sparingly, gets people talking more and feeling closer to you.

I learned this way back in my interpersonal communication studies classes and it’s served me well since. Here’s the what, why, when and how… (Plus a word of warning!)

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Turn Social Anxiety into Excitement With This 5-Step Public Speaking Trick


Social Anxiety Help

Me on microphone (middle). Yes, I'm also wearing an afro. But that's another story...

Imagine this:

You’re waiting in a long line at the grocery store. I mean the place is packed! Suddenly, a cute gal (or guy) stands in line behind you. You’re attracted to her; you know it.

You want to talk to her, so you decide to give it a go.

But what to say? You think through possible beginnings, trying to get it just right. You almost turn to her 5 times.

Now your heart is racing, your palms sweaty. You’re jittery.

There’s no way you could chat to her like this! If you only knew how to stop over-thinking everything.

Arrrgh! Blasted social anxiety strikes again.

But wait…

What if you could use this anxiety to your advantage? What if you could turn it around to make your first words compelling instead of FREAKING OUT?

I actually learned to do exactly that from years of public speaking. Here’s how: [Read more…]

How to Improve Conversation Skills – 9 Top Tips

improve social skillsWhat do these all have in common?

  • Soul shaking life experiences
  • Lucrative new opportunities
  • A flood of friendships

They’re all things you get less of because of poor conversation skills. The ability to start conversations confidently and talk comfortably gets you more from life than just about any other skill.

But how do you improve conversation skills?

Well, I’ve actually searched and tested for 10+ years to find the answer to that question for myself. What I found was a mix of the obvious as well as principles most people overlook.

Here are the top 9 tips I discovered:

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How Can I Make New Friends (When I Can’t Seem to Bond)?

Make FriendsIf you search online for How to Make Friends, there’s plenty advice like “talk to more people” or “invite people to do things.”

Well ok…but it ignores a major problem many face.

What if you just can’t connect with people once you’re with them?

Maybe you make polite conversation, but there’s just no “spark.” No bond forms.

If that’s the case, no matter how many new people you meet, you’ll still end up “friendless.”

A reader of my Conversation Tips Newsletter recently e-mailed asking for advice on this very problem. So in this post, I share his e-mail and my response.

It contains deeper concepts that, if you use them time and again, can really help you make more friends.

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