Over the past three-and-a-half years, as I’ve pursued my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, I’ve discovered the world’s most valuable skill – being good with people.

That’s why I was intrigued when I discovered that Sam Lee, my 304th lunch date, teaches people skills for a living.

When he was younger, Sam was socially awkward. He lacked self-confidence. He was bullied, both in person and online. And he suffered from severe depression and anxiety.

After being admitted to a mental health facility for the third time, Sam made a conscious decision to transform himself. 

He worked hard to improve his social and communication skills. He also removed all the toxic people from his life.

As a result, Sam became a stronger, happier and more confident person.

Today, Sam shares his hard-won lessons with others, through his business, Connect With Confidence

From speaking to Sam, and also from my own experiences, I know there’s a reason they’re called ‘people skills’ rather than ‘people talents’. They’re not something you’re born with; they’re something you learn.

Want to improve your life? Improve your people skills.