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In this empowering book, Susan Jeffers reveals to us the heart and soul of connection. We all want to be liked and feel close to our partners, friends and colleagues. What we don't always know is how to make that connection. Here, Susan gives us the insights and tools we need to create a sense of belonging everywhere we go. We learn that this is a world where there are no strangers and we never need to feel alone.



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Endorsements

'Once again, Dr. Susan Jeffers proves that she is a leading authority on the intricacies of relationships. Dare To Connect will help you on all levels but especially in areas of confidence and honest communication. A book that we all can benefit from!'

- Louise L. Hay, author of 'The Power is Within You'

'Dare To Connect takes the reader on a powerful journey from fear and alienation to love and empowerment. I highly recommend it.'

- Dr. Susan Forward, author of Emotional Blackmail and When Your Lover is a Liar

'Susan Jeffers writes with both love and no-nonsense common sense--a rare combination. She speaks directly and points the way to magical relationships.'

- Wayne Dyer, author of Your Erroneous Zones

'This is a must-read book for any committed adventurer of the heart. Susan provides clear specific strategies to have the love and life you have always dreamed of having...and much more.'

- Harold Bloomfield, M.D., author of Making Peace With Your Parents and How to Survive the Loss of a Love.

'Dare to Connect is a guiding light that shows people how to bridge the gap between alienation and love. It enhances relationships and comforts the self.'

- Jordan Paul, Ph.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up You to Be Loved By Me?


Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I The Heart of Connection
      1 There Are No Strangers
Part II The Journey Inward To Connection
      2 Finding the Warmth
      3 I Want you to Like Me
      4 Healing the Lonely Heart
Part III The Journey Outward To Connection
      5 That First Hello: The Essentials of Connection
      6 Some Enchanted Evening
      7 Friendship: The Safety Net of the Heart
      8 Sharing the Deepest, the Darkest and the Dirtiest!
      9 Welcoming the Heart into the Workplace
Part IV The Soul Of Connection
      10 Embracing the World Like a Lover
Appendix: A guided visualization for connecting with confidence

Excerpt

Imagine yourself standing at the door of an unfamiliar room, facing a room full of 'strangers' and feeling very nervous indeed. The occasion could be purely social or in some way related to business. As you stand there feeling like the outsider looking in, the voice of the internal (and external!) Chatterbox is most likely telling you some version of the following:

I can't see a soul that I know. They all look as if they know each other. I hope someone will talk to me. I'm overdressed. I look fat. Maybe I'd better go and comb my hair. I feel so nervous. I hope I don't have to shake hands with anyone...my palms are all sweaty. I feel so lost. Everyone else seems to be so much at ease. I wish I could leave.

Even if your Chatterbox is on good behavior and remaining mercifully quiet, you still can't ignore the quickened heartbeat, the churning stomach, or however else your nervousness makes itself felt.

How can we overcome these feelings of discomfort? Can we ever learn to look into a room full of people and simply decide to have a wonderful time connecting with everyone we meet? Or, for that matter, is it possible to approach all situations-whether involving one person or one thousand-knowing that there is nothing to fear? The answer is a definite YES! Many basic tools and concepts are available to make us feel more comfortable in that metaphorical crowded room (job interview, blind date or introduction to your future mother-in-law). Let's start with the following........



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