PeopleSmart 1+2

PeopleSmart 1+2

Teach students the essential social skills directly related to friendship and trust.
We want our students to have friends to enrich their lives, make them feel connected, and help them in times of need. One of the key thrusts of the PeopleSmart social skills program is the distinction it emphasizes between friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

Whether with a friend, acquaintance, teacher, supervisor, or in the community, your students need good social skills for a successful independent life. With PeopleSmart, you’ll teach the essential social skills needed to promote graceful, social interactions and to establish positive relationships.

Students are challenged to rethink the common tendency to refer to anyone they know as a friend. Your students will learn that friends are people who look out for their best interests and who genuinely care about their well-being, acquaintances are simply people they have met, recognize, or interacted with from time to time, and strangers are people who they have never met and don’t know at all. In PeopleSmart your students will learn the NotSmart and the PeopleSmart ways to meet people, make friends, develop long-term relationships and avoid being taken advantage of by “friendly” acquaintances and strangers.

The distinction between friends and acquaintances is critical, especially for a population that has a history in our culture of being easily taken advantage of and exploited. By being aware of these distinctions, students will be able to avoid exploitation and maintain healthy friendships.

The entertaining comedy format of PeopleSmart insures student attention. Motivating students to focus on a topic can be difficult. Your students will stay on task with the humorous and entertaining situation-comedy format presented in this series.


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PeopleSmart 1+2
  • PS1 - Ep 1: How to Meet People

    Your students will see what attitudes and behaviors people adopt to isolate themselves and the top 10 ways to meet new people.
    Segments include appearing interested, appearing approachable, attending Social Gatherings, respecting personal space, introducing self, being open-minded, joining clubs...

  • PS1 - Ep 2: How to Turn an Acquaintance into a Friend

    Most of the people we see on a regular basis never become our friends. They remain acquaintances, in other words, people who are just friendly. Friends are more than friendly; they care about what is best for us. Your students will learn what people do to become and be a real friend.
    Segments in...

  • PS1 - Ep 3: How to Deepen a Friendship

    This episode deals with the kinds of friends you can trust with your most intimate thoughts and feelings, who you can count on to stand by you in bad times. Students will learn what to do to develop and nurture a deep relationship.
    Segments include avoiding gossip, keeping secrets, telling the t...

  • PS2 - Ep 4: How to Mistake Friendliness for Friendship

    An important lesson of growing up is learning the difference between friendliness and being a friend. Teach your students to develop realistic expectations for friendly neighbors, co-workers, etc., vs. real friends.
    Segments include longevity, favors, attention/friendly gestures, salespeople, s...

  • PS2 - Ep 5: How to Avoid Getting in Trouble with Strangers

    Mistaking niceness for goodness can be dangerous. Students will learn to recognize and avoid potentially exploitative strangers and understand the importance of trusting the warning feelings that almost always surface in the presence of danger.
    Segments include looking alert, mistaking “niceness...

  • PS2 - Ep 6: How to Be Attractive to the Opposite Gender

    A discussion on what behaviors and attitudes support opposite-gender relationships. Your students will learn the top 10 put-offs to avoid, and what they can do instead to become a more desirable companion.
    Segments include showing interest, sharing conversation, respecting personal space, avoidi...