Social skills are soft skills that you need in order to become successful in your career. Good news is that social skills can be learned and improve with practice. Thus, if you are not getting along well with people, having a lack of social skills can be the reason. However, people are everywhere and you need to interact with them in order to continue your life. If you cannot find a common ground with others, you may even lose your job. Therefore, start implementing the below social skills to your daily routine as early as you can so that you can succeed both at work and in your everyday life.
- Empathy: The ability to relate to others and understand their feelings is a very important skill in today’s world. If you listen to other people’s concerns and feelings and put yourself in their shoes, you can really make empathy with them. In this way, you create better solutions to problems because you understand what the other people want and need. Also, don’t forget that it is important to treat others the way that you want to be treated. This way of thinking always brings you positive returns.
- Listening: Don’t just listen. Be an active listener. This means being fully engaged while someone is speaking. Make an eye contact with the speaker, nod when you agree and ask questions when you need clarification. Listen to what the other person says without interruption, take time to think, form a response and then, answer. Don’t answer without thinking. Once you are used to listening others like this, you will see the positive difference immediately.
- Being Positive: Greet your coworkers and say ‘Good Morning’ when you come to work in the morning with a smile on your face. You will get surprised how many smiles you will get back. If you are positive, then others will be positive to you as well. Don’t hesitate to use the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Have good manners. Obviously don’t let others take advantage of your good behaviors. Know your limits and where you will draw the line.
- Cooperation: Team work is essential in corporations. You need to be able to work with others in order to reach a common goal. Therefore, it is important that each person understands what is expected of him/her. If one fails to fulfill his/her responsibilities in a team, then, this may create a domino effect and affect the success of the whole project. For this reason, ensure each team member knows what to do including you. Also, help your coworkers when necessary because you are striving for the same goal.