If we told you that, much like Diana Prince or Peter Parker, you could persuade people to do things for you and gain their admiration, you’d say we’re crazy, right? Well, you don’t need a stint on Themyscira Island or a bite from a spider to do just that. “Communication skills are your superpower,” says Emily Roberts, a therapist and author of Express Yourself. “You want your mom to go easy on you for hitting a fly ball through the window, you want someone to stop teasing you, you want a busy friend to hang out with you—these things come from expressing yourself effectively.”
In other words, conversation skills are your ticket to getting what you want, making people like you, and becoming a better friend or family member. (We’re focusing on face-to-face conversation, but the same rules apply to the phone.) Anyone can become great at expressing themselves, even if they aren’t naturally chatty—all you need is this tool kit of doable hacks. You’ve got this!