Message from the Editor: Struggling with Social Skills

I have taken on much writing and editorial work in my career as a journalist and editor, but I have been struggling socially to get to what I like to call “independent wages.” My work skills are strong, but I get overwhelmed and anxious when dealing with other people. I feel like I badly need social glasses in social situations. I am frequently not picking up on subtle hints from others and sometimes I have absolutely no idea where people in my life are coming from.

This social blindness is a trait of my ADHD that causes me many times to be set up, misled, misunderstood and sometimes completely in the dark in social situations necessary to get and obtain work and I also struggle with friend and family relationships.

I joined the editorial team at ADDA with hopes of keeping my editorial skills sharp while learning more about ADHD while helping others like me.

ADDA is an online networking group aimed at helping adults with ADHD like myself. We have a website with articles and ADDA hosts topical webinars to help members with various issues. I’m going to help myself Sept. 7 at a webinar aimed to help me with my social skills holding me back professionally.

The webinar will give tips to help interpret social signals from others, help me become aware of my own overtalking and interrupting while understanding what is going on socially and I may learn skills to mirror the group behaviors to hopefully make my life easier socially.

Carolyn Maguire, PCC will lead this webinar to identify why some ADHD adults like me struggle so much socially and present a plan to improve our social skills. I’m hoping this webinar will help me move up in my career socially to earn independent wages. I’m usually too lazy and unmotivated to pay attention to webinars, but this topic is too helpful for me to pass up. I hope this webinar motivates me to attend other webinars from home to help myself with various issues I have as an adult with ADHD.

I’m going to celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend along with my 36th birthday, then hopefully improve my situation with this webinar and other resources available to me as an adult with ADHD belonging to ADDA.

Sincerely,
Michelle Teel
Editor

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      • Hannah
      • September 9, 2016
      Reply

      If this was recorded may I access it?

        • Admin
        • September 9, 2016
        Reply

        Hi Hannah,

        If you are a member, you can access your account by logging into the membership area and clicking on the “2016 ADDA Webinars” link. If you are not a member, you can purchase the recording and all past webinar recordings in our shop on this page: https://add.org/product-category/webinar-recordings/.

        I hope this helps!

        Kelly

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