Shasta Nelson
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Shasta Nelson

Shasta Nelson is a leading expert and keynote speaker on friendship. A frequent contributor to the media appearing on TV shows such as Katie Couric and The Today Show, interviewed for countless magazines including Good Housekeeping, Health, and Forbes, and relied upon by editors in newspapers including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. Because of her expertise, she was asked by Facebook to be their spokesperson and media expert for Friends Day in 2018 and she consults frequently with brands and companies looking for learn how to connect people in more meaningful ways. She speaks regularly for conferences and organizations who know that better friendship skills improve the wellbeing of their employees, the development of their leaders, and the loyalty of their clients. Her TEDx talk in 2017 was chosen as a featured video by TED. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong friendships can be found in her books: Her most recent book, "The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time" was published by HarperCollins Leadership in August 2020 for those who want to experience more job satisfaction, greater wellbeing, and more career success. The workplace is where we make most of our friends as adults and it's high-time we stop talking about "whether it's appropriate" and instead spend more time taking in the research and asking "How can we train for and foster the best relationships possible that benefit both the employees and the organization?" Her second book, "Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness" guides readers on how to deepen their friendships and experience greater support and joy. For many, it's not the lack of knowing enough people that leaves us feeling dissatisfied as much as it is not feeling close enough to a few that matters most. This book teaches the three requirements of friendship, shows how any imbalance in those three areas can lead to intimacy gaps, and teaches how to deepen friendships through the five acts of vulnerability. Her first book, "Friendships Don't Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends" inspires readers how to make new friends by highlighting the five types of friends we all need and the four common types of loneliness, and teaching the steps that are proven to develop a meaningful friendship. Research shows that we are replacing half our close friends every seven years so needing to learn how to make friends as adults is a skill all of us need to practice! Reviews from Shasta's readers reveal that they love her books for their strong research component, her unique model that offers up original and thought-provoking material, her spirited voice which can read as relatable and fun while pushing one deeper. She believes in personal growth and challenges readers to take responsibility for their friendships-- calling them the health clubs for our souls where we grow into better people as we practice the qualities that friendships invite. For more information and for free resources for her books, visit her website: www.ShastaNelson.com
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