The Teen Popularity Handbook: Make Friends, Get Dates, And Become Bully-Proof Paperback – 14 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Jonathan Bennett is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. He has published extensively on early modern philosophy, ethics, metaphysics and the philosophy of language.
David Bennett is a futures trader living on the Gold Coast in Australia and author of Day Trading Grain Futures: A practical guide to trading for a living. His formal career spanned computing, teaching and human resource management, but his passion is trading. "For many years I tried every trading technique I heard about, with indifferent results, but then I got into day trading futures - and I've never looked back!" With an IT background, he developed software for his own use, and this is now sold to other traders under the TradeOnAUTO brand. A citizen of three countries, UK, New Zealand and Australia, David has followed the sun. "The trouble is my body keeps adapting, and I have to go somewhere warmer!" David initially became interested in finance and trading when he was chairman of the trustees of a large superannuation fund, working closely with professional fund managers. He believes a fit body keeps the mind sharp, and tries to spend as much time as possible jogging, swimming or hitting a ball on the squash court. He has served as a Community Magistrate in New Zealand. You can keep up to date with David's trades and tips by visiting his personal website at www.12oclocktrades.com, and find out more about his trading software at www.tradeonauto.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
After following this guide for a few weeks I've become much more confident and happy, and I get more attention and respect too. Though, once you get to a certain point of popularity, you can get a little tired of people following you.
That is the main point of this book, that any teen can learn the social skills to be more popular. While a lot of teens think you’re either born popular or you aren’t, this book proves otherwise.
Some of the tips involve changing a person’s thoughts. For example, the book provides techniques to deal with anxiety, become more outgoing, and become more open to interacting with new people. One whole chapter is dedicated to reading and changing body language, to be able to understand others better, and also change your body language to appear more confident, relaxed, and open to a date.
There are basic grooming and fashion tips too, so that a teen can look his or her best. There are also chapters devoted to approaching new people, getting to know them, and getting their contact information or social media information. The tips are grounded in scientific studies related to popularity, and even adults can learn.
The book is fun and informative. The style is very relaxed and flows smoothly. While some of the tips are a little more advanced, the authors explain things in a way teens can understand.
What struck me about this book is how positive it is. It is about giving teens the skills to welcome everybody into their circle of friends. This is not about how to be a jerk to be popular. In fact, the tips are designed to help shy and insecure teens resist bullying (there is even a lengthy appendix related to preventing bullying).
The writing style is conversational and entertaining. The tips are actually practical and I found myself using them daily to become more assertive, talk to new people, and be more confident socially.
For example, the other day, after going in a drive through my order was wrong. Normally I would’ve been upset about it, but just accepted it and eaten food I didn’t want. But, after reading this book, I decided that I would assert myself, so I told them nicely they got my order wrong and I ended up getting what I wanted.
Another example is that I’ve sat beside the same woman for four months while training for a boating competition. This book inspired me to actually speak up and make friends with her. I’m really glad that I did.
This book will be helpful for any teen who wants to make more friends, improve their ability to talk to new people, and be their best socially. I’m glad I took the time to read it. It changed my life and it’ll change yours!