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In this episode we're talking about the lost art of conversation-making. Joining us is podcaster and raconteur Ken Plume, who has conducted extensive interviews with the likes of Mel Brooks and John Cleese. We discuss how Ken got his start feeling comfortable talking to just about anyone, how he handles the awkwardness of a cocktail party (hint: It involves a fern) - and then we invent an acronym that will help you handle any conversational challenge. (Sort of.)

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There are plenty of people who both crave human interaction and find it a terrifying experience full of social pitfalls. We contain multitudes! If you're one of those people who struggles to leave the house even when you really want to, take some advice from a psychotherapist on how to get yourself out the door.

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There's nothing wrong with being a little nervous if you're out practising your street photography. Taking pictures of unaware people in candid situations, or approaching someone for a more deliberate photo isn't easy, but if you're trying to improve, acting the part of wallflower will only hinder your progress. It's a skill you'll need to develop, but you can improve your street photography effectiveness by following a few simple rules (and cracking open a cold one).

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You could be walking down a city street, taking a stroll at your local park, or begrudgingly commuting to your grandparent’s place on the off chance you’ll be rewarded with cash. You’re vulnerable. You’re socially naked. You’re a lone gazelle waiting to be devoured by an overly outgoing lion.

So how do you avoid becoming the unwilling target of a stranger’s attention?

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I hate hugging people I don't know, or even ones that I barely know, and I'm not the only one. Whether you value your personal space, are concerned about germs, or for any one of a million totally valid reasons just don't want to have body contact with another person, there are a few things you can do to still come across as warm and welcoming without having your bubble breached.

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If you have phone phobia, you're not alone. (I'm a recovering member of the club myself.) If the situation in this country is making you anxious, calling your local MP is both a step toward a solution, and a way to give yourself a small amount of control over something. But you have to be able to actually make the call.

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No matter who you are or where you're from, there will be moments in life when you experience feelings of self doubt and anxiety. This infographic explains why these emotions aren't necessarily a bad thing -- along with eight ways to combat them in social situations.