Social Skills

The Modern Skill for Success, Fun, and Happiness Out of Life

Non-Fiction - Self Help
272 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2014
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Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Social Skills: The Modern Skill for Success, Fun and Happiness Out of Life by Gabriel Angelo is an informative self-help guide to feeling more confident in social situations and becoming an effective communicator. Divided into three detailed parts, twelve chapters cover the art of social skills, social skills development and social skills application. Angelo lays out the required tools, mechanisms and mannerisms used in communication to reduce stress and improve social influence. Many of the important topics defined are the verbal message, tone of voice and volume, and non-verbal body language, eye contact, appearance and gestures. The ultimate outcome is to improve interpersonal relationships, become well-liked or advance in a career. There is also a section on Asperger Syndrome, child development and how to talk to customers in a professional way.

Gabriel Angelo in Social Skills: The Modern Skill for Success, Fun and Happiness Out of Life discusses the positive effects of communication and how to improve social skills. What struck me most about this book is that everyone wants to be understood and validated and the best way to do that is through effective listening. It is never too late to get over shyness, build friendships and learn how to be comfortable speaking in large crowds. This manual will lead the way to improved social skills and human interaction and teach easy to follow steps for developing lasting relationships, relating to others and working in groups. Smile, be friendly and spark a conversation today. What do you have to lose?

Jeff B

“Social Skills: The Modern Skill for Success, Fun, and Happiness Out of Life” is a highly informative book on something that seems to be falling out of fashion: social skills. Everywhere we look in society, we see a lack of social skills that used to be the norm, but is now the exception to the rule. If you don’t think your own social skills are lacking, you probably need this book!

Gabriel Angelo does a fine job of laying out the book, with chapters ranging from understanding what social skills are and why they’re important to how we develop social skills. The book explains social skill development in children and teens, as well as adults, in excellent detail. Angelo’s helpful tips also give advice on different applications of social skills, such as in the workplace and in everyday life.

I found the book useful in helping me understand why my own social skills sometimes seemed lacking. I was able to identify the things I was doing that were social faux pas, and have begun working to change those problems. Angelo’s writing and descriptions have helped me to be more considerate of others, which has improved my ability to build relationships with clients as well as my friends and family.


Being in management, I can see the benefit in constant improvement of social skills. From creating new relationships to preserving/developing existing relationships, social skills are a vital ingredient. Angelo does a very good job showing how social skills are necessary, as well as showing how to improve on your current skill set. I feel as if this book should be mandatory for mid to upper management, as it also shows how to communicate effectively with people of differing opinions, backgrounds, skills, and ambitions. This is an important topic, as you have to convince others to follow by example in my opinion, as this book shows how lead by example when communicating with others. All around great book, with many tips, and great real world examples to how to effectively implement them.


Not since reading the book How To Win Friends And Influence People have I seen such a quintessential addition to my self help library. Given the violence and bullying we see today in schools I think this book should be required reading for all high school kids along with Dale Carnegie's. I wouldn't just recommend it to high school students though, considering I have met a lot of adults that could use this.... including myself!

I have read other reviews that said this is common knowledge... and I suspect that person only read part one. Part one discusses why we need to be social, what social skills are and what the causes for poor social skills are. And yes, most of this part IS common knowledge... but it is necessary to include. Not all people know this stuff... as weird as that may sound... (those might be the people I will go out and buy this book on audio for!)... so it's absolutely imperative to include it... and it only makes this book even better as far as I am concerned. I think the author does a really awesome job of laying out the book, it takes you from A - Z in learning about Social Skills.

After Part one he goes into developing social skills for children to adults, social skills for work, every day life and in your relationships.

What I found was interesting is it made me realize that sometimes I may be being perceived the wrong way, which is causing unintentional stress in my relationship... all because of the way I come across when I am in pain, then they react to what they perceive is an attitude from me, and the ball is rolling.... all social skills. By saying first off ... "I am in pain, so I am so sorry if I come across as bitchy" ... I have eliminated all the fighting in my house.

This book is a lot more than just that.... this is just what I got out of it on my first read. And yes, I said first read... because like How to win friends and influence people... this is a book I need to get a hard copy of and reread over and over again. It's like a vaccination for your brain, heart and soul... you just gotta read books like this one every now and then to put life into perspective.

I would recommend this book to anyone and I already am!

Amelia Wallace

Developing social skills may not necessarily be easy for some people, but this book is a great resource for helping the introvert get out of their shell. As a former introvert myself, I realize that it takes time and practice to develop the right social skills to thrive in today's reality. I don't consider myself a full extrovert---in fact I'm somewhere in between an introvert and an extrovert---but I still found some useful information from Gabriel Angelo's book. The author nailed it on the head when he said that by nature humans are social creatures---we thrive on the social interactions we experience.

"Social Skills" takes on a modern day twist on how to develop social skills for any situation. I particularly liked the chapter on using social skills in the workplace---I found it relevant to my particular situation. I thought the chapter about developing social skills in children to teenagers was smart to include for all the parents who have socially awkward kids.

Overall I thought this book was useful and a good resource for anyone wanting to brush up on their social skills or develop their skills better.

Thomas Mobius

I picked this book up because I thought it would be a good read for my shy and somewhat reticent nephew. I've to admit it, in the course of lending him my kindle, I read it myself and found it very useful too.

And I think that's the preconceived notion people have - that you need to be 'poor' socially to 'seek help'. I don't see myself lacking in any social skills but the information provided in this book has certainly helped me improve and sharpen my social skills. Chapter 3 talks about the causes of poor social skills and it was a revelation to me because I actually ticked quite a few of the boxes there! It certainly made me more self aware now. Good!

Cat Jones

In our weird family, social skills weren't something any of us ever learned. Mom made sure we were all masters of avoiding eye contact, interrupting others, and in general being painfully awkward around others. Over the years I've managed to shed some of my bad habits and develop better social skills, but there's plenty of room for improvement.

This book does a great job of outlining exactly what social skills are, and how to develop them, from seeing and thinking to the actual doing. The examples of poor social skills were pretty much exactly like things I and my brothers are guilty of doing, though until now I didn't realize just how sad we are when it comes to communicating with others. The section on biological differences between introverts and extroverts was enlightening as was the discussion on communication breakdowns, specifically the problem of arguing and failed communications.

Lots of valuable guidance on how to develop good social skills in here, from developing better relationships to learning how to build effective communication skills. I do wish the table of contents was clickable, but the information presented is well worth the read.


Everybody says it - social skills are important to have, blah blah blah. Without social skills, you won't be able to make friends, become a social outcast and the slippery slope continues to the point where your life is a failure. While you will be able to make friends without social skills, it's true that social skills are important in life.

I don't consider my communication level poor, but I decided to try Angelo's "Social Skills," because I wanted to improve my speech, among other social skills.

As a book, "Social Skills," was a pretty good read. It contained a plethora of information. I would consider this half social study and half instruction manual. Obviously, in order to improve your communication with people, you would need to apply what you learned and actually speak with others. I guess it's better to have more information necessary than not enough information. Overall, "Social Skills," was a helpful guide.