I know it’s hard to learn this lesson, but cut the bad folks out of your life. You’ll be amazed at how much time you have, not letting their poison infect you.
Today, I started another public speaking course. I’m quite adept at reading student faces on the first day. For all of those students, past and present, who find no reason to take communication courses, let alone majoring in communication, consider the following. And consider it again when you don’t believe it.