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Imagine you go to a party. All your friends are enjoying themselves to their fullest and you realize that you don’t know what to do and how to behave. Then, that is when you’ve got to be aware that you lack social skills and are in need of learning them.
Why we need to socialize:
Google defines socializing as ‘ the action or practice of participating in social activities or mixing socially with others.’ It is a way you share with people your presence and your energy, and as a result of which, you convey and receive information, experiences and knowledge. In short, it is a magic doorway to enter the heart of another person and also get to know them.
If you are a person who has constantly been avoiding group activities and interactions, then you are certainly missing out on a lot of good experiences. But the good part is, you can easily overcome this by learning a few social skills that might make you someone whose company is forever sought after.
Here are 5 ways that can help you improve your social skills.
- Go out and talk to new people
- Try to build engaging conversations
- Be a good listener
- Accept other people’s opinions
- Work on your body language and show them you are really interested
1) Go out and talk to new people:
If you are a person with social anxiety, the most successful way to break free from your hesitation is by going out everyday and meeting new people. Greet them with a warm ‘hello’ from your heart . This will boost your confidence levels tremendously and can reduce your anxiety. Expose yourself more to the outside world and learn more about your society. Show compassion to the people around you. Spread an aura of positive energy wherever you go and this will make you liked by everyone.
2) Try to build engaging conversations:
When two people have the same niche of interest, then they can talk hours and hours about it. So, start your conversation and try building it up with questions about their interests, activities, etc. Identify the spheres where you share similar interests and there you go! Now you have stuff to talk about for days together. The more you go out and talk to new people and get to know about them, the more you will gather invaluable social experiences that add value to your life.
3) Be a good listener:
Being a good listener will make you a desirable person to talk to. The impact listening can create in a conversation is however always underestimated. It gives the person you talk to a sense of assurance and makes them feel your compassion. listening enhance your ability to understand better and make you a better communicator, it also makes the experience of speaking to you more enjoyable to other people. Remember,sometimes it is better to listen than to do the talking.
4) Accept other people’s opinions:
Having an opinion is alright. But being someone who is not willing to listen to others although it’s wrong, would definitely not be able to be a good companion whom people would want to talk with.People would find it difficult to express themselves to such Opinionated people as they might have the fear of being disapproved. So, even though we have a strong belief or opinion about something, it is always good to know what the other person has to say and also learn to accept it because, there can always be another perspective which we might not see.
5) Work on your body language and show them you are truly interested:
Body language is a way we communicate or express ourselves using gestures, facial expressions, body postures, etc. The way you respond to others not just depends on what you say, but also depends on how you react. It helps them assess whether you are truly involved or distracted. We must have heard of the famous saying, ‘Actions speak better than words’, so it is the way you alter your body language that truly determines your involvement. Watch your gestures and expressions while conversing with people and show them you are genuinely interested.
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