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Friendships Don't Just Happen!

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This essential go-to guide reveals how women can enhance their lives by creating valuable friendships in today's busy, mobile world, from nationally recognized friendship expert and CEO of Every woman is searching for a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. Many realize the significant role that an intimate, tightly knit circle of friends plays in creating a more fulfilling life, but with hectic schedules, frequent moves, and life changes, it's more important than ever for women to establish natural, meaningful friendships that will contribute to their overall wellbeing. In Friendships Don't Just Happen!, Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and CEO of, reveals the most important proven steps, processes, and secrets vital to establishing the five different levels of friendships, or Circles of Connectedness, that women - no matter their age or relationship status - are longing for in today's stressful and mobile culture. This revolutionary, engaging guide will also benefit women who already feel rooted to fabulous friends, with insightful principles that will help them maintain and enhance their current friendships. Full of practical how-to tips, fun activities, guiding questions, and step-by-step instructions, Friendships Don't Just Happen! highlights several areas of developing lasting friendships, teaching women how to evaluate their current circle of friends; recognize what types of friends they are seeking based on career, interests, location, and relationship status; create a prioritized friendship action plan; find extraordinary friends - where to look and how to approach them; take initiative to jumpstart friendships and face fears of rejection; establish "frientimacy", trust, and happiness through conversation and activities; maintain meaningful friendships; and determine which ones are worthwhile.

©2013 Shasta Nelson (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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With the constant connectivity of today's world, it's never been easier to meet people and make new friends - but it's never been harder to form meaningful friendships. In Frientimacy, award-winning speaker Shasta Nelson shows how anyone can form stronger, more meaningful friendships, marked by a level of trust she calls "frientimacy". Shasta explores the most common complaints and conflicts facing female friendships today, and lays out strategies for overcoming these pitfalls to create deeper, supportive relationships that last for the long-term. Shasta is the founder of, a community of women seeking stronger, more fulfilling friendships, and the author of Friendships Don't Just Happen. In Frientimacy, she teaches listeners to reject the impulse to pull away from friendships that aren't instantly and constantly gratifying. With a warm, engaging, and inspiring voice, she shows how friendships built on dedication and commitment can lead to enriched relationships, stronger and more meaningful ties, and an overall increase in mental health. Frientimacy is more than just a call for deeper connection between friends; it's a blueprint for turning simple friendships into true bonds - and for the meaningful and satisfying relationships that come with them.

©2016 Shasta Nelson (P)2016 Vibrance Press

Narrator: Robin Eller
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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The Business of Friendship


Want to be happier, healthier, and enjoy your job more? Make better friends at work. The data is in. It is virtually impossible to feel connected and supported in life when we don’t feel that way where we spend most of our time - at work. Whether we work remotely or in an office, who we interact with consistently impacts everything from our longevity and mental health to our career success and job satisfaction. Unfortunately, too many of us don’t feel like we belong at work in the ways we need. In addition to the 20 percent of us who report feeling lonely at work almost all the time, 60 percent of us report feeling it at least half the time, and that disconnection is taking a toll: more stress and burnout, less energy, decreased loyalty to our company, and increased dread for “Monday morning”. In The Business of Friendship, Shasta Nelson, a friendship expert, unpacks the distinct ways we can make work relationships the healthiest they can be, both for the sake of the employee and the mission of the company. She inspires listeners to see why friendship is crucial to our health and our careers and teaches us exactly how to develop the supportive and meaningful connections we need. Our organizations benefit as well when our leaders encourage friendships at work. The outcome is higher levels of workplace productivity, employee retention, safety, innovation, collaboration, and profitability. In fact, having a best friend at work we are seven times more engaged in our job, which translates to better customer service, less absenteeism, fewer workplace accidents, and more loyalty to our organizations. The best employees are the ones who feel connected. Work is to adults as school is to kids - a consistent place with familiar people. But too few of us are taking advantage of this environment. This leaves us no other choice but to try to get all our relational needs met in our off-work hours, where most of us already report feeling “too busy”. The result? We stay lonely, wishing for more meaningful connections. Through Shasta’s stories, research, and practical guidance, she: Breaks down what creates healthy bonds and reveals the three requirements necessary in all healthy relationships and teams Helps managers and employees assess the health of their relationships and learn ways to repair and improve them Provides advice for addressing some of the biggest fears around workplace friendships, such as increased drama, favoritism, confidentiality, gossip, toxic coworkers, relationship with bosses, and potential romantic attractions The Business of Friendship is for those who are ready to maximize the two most significant factors of our well-being - career and relationships. Whether you are a leader or an employee, when you feel more connected and supported at work, everyone wins.  Charts, resources, and notes are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Shasta Nelson (P)2020 HarperCollins Leadership

Narrator: Shasta Nelson
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible