Stop The Boring Small Talk

Start Having Interesting And Meaningful Conversations

Become a dynamic conversationalist and never run out of things to say
Learn how to tell stories and engage the interest of others
Make meaningful connections with others about topics that matter

The Connection Course

It doesn’t matter what you know, how smart you are, how cool you are, how amazing your insights or discoveries or your Level 70 Ice Mage — nobody will ever give a shit if you cannot communicate it effectively.

Socializing well — with charisma, with charm, with fluidity — is possibly the most important skill humans can acquire.

We rely on our relationships. We rely on them emotionally for our happiness. We rely on them professionally to advance our career. We rely on them intellectually so that we can learn and grow.

So if you can’t communicate well, if you can’t share that internal world of hopes and fears and feelings and ideas and crazy loony insane-in-the-membrane thoughts that make you you, then you will find yourself in a very stagnant place, my friend.

Our entire lives revolve around our social relationships. And if we can’t communicate to others effectively or in a unique or interesting way — well, we just get left behind.

Anyone Can Develop Charisma And Social Confidence, You Just Have To Know How

I’ve seen it a million times:

People with awesome personalities, cool life experiences, interesting hobbies and ideas, a well-put-together life — but they couldn’t express themselves worth a damn.

Talking to them was like watching paint dry.

No, wait, it was worse, it was like watching somebody watch paint dry. It was meta-boring.

And then you had the people who were just awkward and random. You’d talk about tea, and they’d start explaining the NASA Voyager missions to Saturn’s moons. You’d ask what time it was and they’d say, “Yes, more tea please.”

It was just strange.

It was around this time I realized that it doesn’t matter how great of a person you are, no one will ever know if you cannot share yourself with others.

And so I set out to find a solution for people’s basic social skills problems.

It took a number of years of experimenting and researching and blundering through awkward interactions myself, but I eventually put together a series of exercises that people could use to improve their social skills.

Some of these exercises were taken from improv comedy. Others were taken from acting classes. Others were taken from social psychology and public speaking courses. Others were taken from my own experiences.

In the end, I put something together that worked. And it worked pretty damn well.

The problem is that most people who suck at social interactions believe one of two things:

  1. That social interactions are something to be learned and executed logically.
  2. That socializing well and being charismatic is something that one is simply “born with.”

Neither of these are true. Conversations are creative exercises, therefore they require skills and habits of the creative brain, not the logical brain (this is why “nerdy” people tend to be the most socially awkward — they’re always being too logical!).

And like anything else — lifting weights, learning an instrument, cooking macaroni and cheese — social interactions are something that can be practiced and improved. Nobody is born permanently awkward, just like nobody is born permanently weak.

I created “The Connection Course” in 2011. Since then, over 1,000 people have gone through it, and they have since changed their lives, their relationships, and their conversations forever.

Here’s What I Cover in ‘The Connection Course’:

  • The 3-Step Storytelling Formula to make every story interesting and exciting, as well as specific exercises to practice it.
  • 4 Reasons why being introverted or shy is NOT a valid excuse for having poor social skills. In fact, it can be quite the opposite.
  • 3 ways to build deep, meaningful connections with people, even if you haven’t known them for very long.
  • My method for keeping the conversation going at all times. Never run out of anything to say ever again.
  • 2 exercises to improve your sense of humor and ability to relate disparate ideas in cool and unexpected ways.
  • How to smoothly escalate small talk into deep, life-changing topics, regardless of the situation or who you’re speaking to.
  • A “psychological hack” that can make people think you’re the most interesting person on the whole damn planet.

What you get with your membership

The Interactive Online Video Course

The Connection Course is a series of 11 videos lessons. Each lesson has the following structure:

  1. Watch the video lesson
    In each video I explain a key concept or idea to improve your conversational skills and ability to connect with others, based on years of psychological research and my coaching experience. As an example, I have included the course Introduction lesson below.
  2. Do the lesson exercise
    These exercises are often interactive, requiring you to go out into the world and try something, or to communicate with other members of the course and analyze each other’s thought patterns and behaviors.
  3. Write about your experience
    When you’ve completed the exercise, you write up what you learned and submit it. Then you move on to the next lesson.

Lesson Structure

The course can be repeated. So going through it once may get you 50% of the way there. But going through it twice will get you 90% of the way there.

You can also go back and reuse it on different anxieties. Because if you’re like me, you’ve got more insecurities than you know what to do with.

As part of the course you can request my personal help on any of the lessons. I will then review your written exercise and give feedback or answer a question that you may have. I will also answer members’ emails and private messages in the community. That’s all part of being a Premium Member.

Watch Lesson 1 Below

Watch the introduction lesson below to get a good idea of what to expect from this course:

Track Your Progress

User ProfilePremium Members all get access to their own online journals. Members can invite specific members to read and comment on their entries and comment and offer feedback on other members’ life issues.

On top of that, my online system automatically tracks your progress through the courses, through your journals and on the forum itself, reminding you how far you’ve come and where you can go next.

Also Included: Dozens of Hours of Bonus Seminars and Interviews

VideosEvery course member also gets private access to my own little Ft. Knox of recorded seminars, interviews, podcasts, and old articles and audio.

All of this is included free with your course membership:

  • 17 videos. Interviews, seminars and exclusive Premium Membership videos.
  • 18 interviews, podcasts and other audio files.
  • 8 ebooks, some of which used to cost $27 by themselves.

It’s all available to view and download, and we keep adding to it.

A Community Full of Feedback And Support

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 11.07.00 AMAs a course member, you get access to a private forum where you can discuss life problems, major life decisions, nerdy self-improvement topics, and solicit other people for advice.

The forum is stocked with hundreds of users going through similar struggles as your own, and I sometimes jump into the conversation as well (because I’ve been there too).

100% Money Back Guarantee

When you sign up for the Connection Course, you do so risk free. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all sign ups for up to 60 days.

If you don’t like the course and material for whatever reason, simply send me an email and I’ll refund you your money immediately. No questions asked.

Sign Up For ‘The Connection Course’ And You’ll Get Everything Below For Only $67:

  • The Connection Course — All 11 Modules + Exercises
  • Feedback and Progress Tracking on your issues
  • “Escape Plan,” Mark’s ebook on world travel
  • 4 Full-Length Recorded Seminars
  • Over 150 pages of Mark’s old articles and writing.
  • Dozens of Interviews
  • Online Journals
  • Community Forum Access
  • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee

So Get Your Connection On

 Sign up for the Connection Course (Including 11 Lesson Videos, dozens of Bonuses, and Forum) right now.

Life-changing results in as little as 30 minutes per day.

Only $67 for permanent access. Click below.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve only read your blog. What are your credentials for creating this course?
I’ve been coaching and consulting with people professionally for eight years now. I’ve produced over half a dozen courses that have been sold worldwide and have helped thousands of people overcome problem areas in their lives. My work is backed by research and I don’t make any claims that can’t be backed up by data.

How do I know this course is right for me?
Try it. Watch the intro video. Sign up. If you don’t like it, you can refund at any time for 60 days. No hassles.

What can I expect out of this course?
You can expect to become a better conversationalist, strengthen your relationships, and empathize with others better. The skills taught in the Connection Course don’t just improve romantic relationships, but friendships, family relationships, professional opportunities and career advancement as well. It also just makes socializing more fun.

What topics are covered?
The Connection Course includes the following lessons:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Nurture
  3. Social Anxiety
  4. Good Conversational Tactics
  5. Improvisation
  6. Storytelling
  7. How to Relate to People
  8. Going Deep
  9. Vulnerability
  10. Appreciation and Confrontation
  11. Results

Does Mark Manson answer questions in the community?
Yes. As part of the course you can request my personal help on any of the lessons. I will then review your written exercise and give feedback or answer a question that you may have. Premium Members can also email me or send me a private message in the community. I will answer all questions by Premium Members.

How do I register?
Click on any of the Sign Up buttons or click here. On the following page you choose a username, password and you fill out your name and enter your credit card details (or you select Paypal) and submit.

And that’s it! You can immediately start using your membership after this 1-minute signup process.

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept Paypal and the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club.

Are the payments secure?
Yes. Your payment information will be transmitted over a fully secure (SSL) connection directly to the payment processor (Stripe or Paypal). Your payment information will never be stored on or even touch our servers.

How much does the course cost?
You get permanent access to the course, as well as the Premium Membership, including the private forums, a member journal section, bonus ebooks and interview recordings and exclusive bonus videos, for $67.

What if I want to redo a course?
As a course member you will have permanent access to the course, and you can redo lessons as many times as you like.

Can I ask my money back if I don’t like the course?
Yes. We have a 60-day moneyback guarantee, no questions asked. Up to 60 days after your purchase you can request a refund and you will always get it, so your purchase is completely risk-free. Simply send us a message or email, and we will refund you.

Can I do the course on my mobile phone or tablet?
Yes. The course as well as everything else in the Premium Membership works perfectly on mobile devices and tablets.

How is my privacy protected in the course?
Nothing inside the Premium Membership is viewable by non-members or canceled members. Other members only see your chosen Display Name, not your real name or email address, so you can post anonymously and you control what you share with others.

Upon request you can have any posts or your entire account deleted. If you have any further requests or concerns about your privacy, you can always contact the admins.

What if I have a question? How do I contact you?
You can always contact me at [email protected] or by filling out our contact form. As a member, you can also contact me directly within the Premium Membership by private message.

Can I buy the course for a friend?
Yes. You can buy a course normally and then contact us and we can transfer the course to your friend.

What if I want to do more than one course?
On the registration page you can choose all three courses for only $117.

What Other People Are Saying About the Connection Course:

“Before, I tried to be interesting, now I see others as a source of interestingness. I thought I was a good listener, because I don’t talk much. But now I realise what listening is about, it requires activity, not just hearing”
– G.T., Victoria
“The program breaks down conversational skills into easy-to-digest components that are actionable. Before I had no idea where to even start in becoming a better conversationalist. This program really pulls back the curtain on what is needed to accomplish this. I will certainly revisit this as necessary and continue developing my conversation skills. I am forever grateful Mark!”
– Malcolm, U.K.
“Thank you, I wont be able to express how much this course helped me and how much reading others responses has helped too. I’ve learned things in all different aspects and the relationships I am building with everyone around me are becoming amazing.”
– Julie, Connecticut
“It really is one of the most thorough courses out there that addresses a topic no one really thinks is an issue.”
– Justin, Alberta
“The program really taught me how to build a conversation and keep the rapport going in a conversation. I was never afraid to speak with someone or ask them questions, my biggest fear was “what do I say next?” This program has taught me exactly what to say next and more.”
– James, Hong Kong
“I was able to create deep, emotional-level connections with people I sometimes barely met. I had never thought this was possible until this day. Before, it would take weeks, months, sometimes even years to be able to have connections like these. Now its just so easy and I feel like my life is magnitudes better!”
– Robert, Kansas

So Get Your Connection On

 Sign up for the Connection Course (Including 11 Lesson Videos, dozens of Bonuses, and Forum) right now.

Life-changing results in as little as 30 minutes per day.

Only $67 for permanent access. Click below.