IamA social skills expert who overcame the social struggles of Asperger's! My book is free on Kindle today, so AMA!
Hi guys! My name is Dan, and I'm the author of ImproveYourSocialSkills.com. I just released my new Improve Your Social Skills Kindle book and it's free right now, so I figured today would be a great day for an AMA!
A few things about me:
- I was incredibly socially awkward growing up. I was shy, bullied, awkward -- you name it. But in high school, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, and I learned that my social struggles were due to a lack of social skills (makes sense, right?) So I started to work really deliberately to teach myself social skills. Little by little, my studies paid off, and I started to make real friends and connect with people. I didn't become a "social superstar" or anything like that, but I was no longer awkward or alone.
- In 2012, I launched ImproveYourSocialSkills.com as a way to share what I'd learned by what I'd learned and share it with others. Similar to the Humble Bundle, I run the site on a pay-what-you-want/pay-it-forward model (so people can either pay what they want to access the premium content, or they can agree to do a good deed for someone else in exchange for a premium membership.)
- In 2013, I spoke at TEDx University of Arizona about my life with Asperger's. If you want to learn my story, that speech is the place to go.
- I'm the moderator of /r/socialskills, which is an awesome community that you should join.
- Proof (with obligatory Reddit cat tax).
Ask me anything! I'm happy to talk about social skills, Asperger's, running a website, or horse-sized ducks.
EDIT: 2:47 PM PST. I'M BACK! BRING ON MORE QUESTIONS!
ALSO I AM the #1 FREE KINDLE BOOK FOR SELF-HELP AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND THAT IS AWESOME! THANK YOU GUYS!
EDIT 2: If you're not in the US, the book is still available on the Kindle store in your country! Just search for "Improve Your Social Skills" or "Daniel Wendler" and it should come up.
One more thing: I love answering questions but my advice is not a substitute for professional help. If you are seriously struggling socially, I highly recommend that you see a counselor -- it will really help you out.