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Connection - basic

Join this program and start building the skill of connection. Learn the basics, have insightful conversations, and use evidence-based daily habits to reinforce the fundamental sub-skills necessary for mastery.

Webinar + on-line course + daily practice

On-the-job practice

3 new daily habits
3 conversations

You decide!

Self-lead or team-lead

We recommend you follow the program with a buddy or with your team for best results. Send them the link!

3 - 6 weeks

6 weeks = best results per separate skill
3 weeks = optimal for holistic skill improvement, focusing on building several skills in a shorter time frame
Total time investment

3,5 hours

Webinar: 1 hour
On-line course: 1 hour
Weekly practice: 15 minutes

1% better
every day.

"Building a healthy lifestyle and experiencing optimal health, happiness, and mental well-being doesn't need to be an overwhelming and difficult process. You don't need to go through a ton of programs or books, or test a dozen techniques that don't work. We have deconstructed the process into a few essential habits for you to build."
Nils Maes - Co-founder of SkillsGym Health
Soft skills are everything

Why you should follow this program

We're social creatures.

It's true: our brains are wired to connect. Even at rest, we activate a network that promotes understanding and empathy for others.

So what does this mean for you? It means that interactions with friends, family, community members—even strangers—can provide us with a sense of connectedness. The benefits of maintaining strong social relationships extend from chronic disease prevention to increased longevity. Evidence has demonstrated that social connection can help people maintain a healthy body mass index, manage blood sugar, improve cancer survival, decrease depressive symptoms, and improve overall mental health.In one study, researchers analyzed data from over 300,000 individuals and found that stronger relationships increased the likelihood of survival by 50%. Weak social relationships posed an even higher risk of death than physical inactivity and obesity.
  • Evidence-based: the best habits for you to build in order to master this skill according to research
  • Tested and approved by thousands of participants
  • Designed for social learning: go through the program with your buddy or team to build in social accountability and support

Master the skill of Connection (basic)

We have deconstructed this skill into 3 sub-skills. And you will build one habit, and have one conversation around each sub-skill in a period of 3-6 weeks.
The program consists of a 1-hour webinar to kick-start your 3-6 week practice period in the workflow or in your personal life.

Master the skill step-by-step

You don't need tons of time or willpower to build a new skill. What you do need, is consistency. That's why after the kick-start webinar, you will practice building tiny habits (so small you will have no reason not to do it) in the workflow or in your personal life. You will build this skill habit-by-habit, focusing on 3 sub-skills:


Week 1 - 2 

Make social connections

Reflect on the quantity and quality of your social connections, and make a plan to invest in them more.
#DanielLevitin #SuccessfulAging #Loneliness #SocialConnection


Week 3  - 4  

Have all-round check-in conversations 

Improve the quality of your regular check-in conversations by seeing the other person as a "whole" person including their thoughts, emotions, skills, and plans.
#MarcusBuckingham #GingerbreadMan #Head #Heart #Hands #Feet


Week 5 - 6 

Activate your social brain 

Reflect on the super-power of your social brain, and on ways for you to activate it more.
#AnnieMurphyPaul #TheExtendedMind #GroupMind 
Embark on a transformative journey with this program on Connection, where you'll deepen your social bonds, elevate your conversations, activate your social potential, and combat loneliness for a path of successful aging – because life is richer when shared.

What you will achieve by following this program

Deepen Your Social Bonds

Reflect on the significance of high-quality relationships in your life, recognizing the support and fulfillment they bring. Craft a personalized plan to nurture and strengthen these connections, acknowledging their crucial role in enhancing overall well-being.

Elevate Your Conversations

Transform mundane check-in conversations into meaningful exchanges by adopting a holistic perspective. Embrace the idea of seeing others as complete individuals, delving beyond surface-level discussions to understand their thoughts, emotions, skills, and plans. Elevate the quality of your interactions by engaging with others on a deeper, more authentic level, fostering connections that go beyond the superficial with the help of the gingerbread man.

Activate Your Social Potential

Reflect on innovative ways to activate and harness the potential of your social brain in your daily interactions. Unleash the untapped power of your social cognition for more meaningful and impactful connections, fostering a deeper sense of community.

Combat Loneliness, Embrace Successful Aging

Confront the challenges of loneliness by acknowledging its significant impact on overall well-being. Discover valuable strategies to combat loneliness. Recognize that fostering strong social bonds not only contributes to emotional well-being but also plays a crucial role in navigating the journey of aging successfully. Embrace the transformative potential of Connection in creating a fulfilling and interconnected life, where shared experiences and connections lead to a more vibrant existence.

Meet your trainer

At the kickstart of your 3-6 week skills development program, you will follow a webinar delivered by Nils Maes, co-founder of SkillsGym Health. Here are a few things you might like to know about him:

Nils' background

Nils is a versatile individual who began his journey as a professional athlete, excelling as a ballet dancer at the London and Paris Opera houses before honing his skills in martial arts during a two-year stint at a Sports University in China. Transitioning from athleticism, he ventured into entrepreneurship, owning a gym for two years before leveraging his expertise to spearhead the well-being programs for SkillsGym Health at SkillsGym two years ago.

Personal life

Nils embodies the principles of our SkillsGym Health programs in his daily life. His routine includes tailored workouts, breathwork, and cold exposure, leveraging his expertise as a certified Wim Hof instructor. Additionally, he prioritizes quality time with his partner Sarah and his son. To maintain his sanity, Nils seeks solace in nature in his beloved 4x4, preferably exploring the wilderness in Alaska.

20+ years of impact

SkillsGym Health uses the same habit-focused method that has become synonymous with SkillsGym's approach. This method has assisted numerous world-class organizations such as Samsung, Deloitte, and Ikea, along with thousands of managers and their teams, in enhancing their soft skills. Now, SkillsGym extends its expertise by offering programs designed to expedite the mastery of 50 essential leadership, team, and well-being skills.

Fun fact

Fun fact about Nils: Despite his reputation as a disciplined athlete committed to his daily routine, he also embraces the 70% rule for building a healthy lifestyle. Nils believes in sticking to good habits 70% of the time while indulging in less healthy choices for the remaining 30%, adding balance and flexibility to his approach. We'll leave it up to him to share more about that 30% in his programs!

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Master this skill in 3-6 weeks, one habit and one conversation at a time.