The Importance of Interpersonal Skills

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills

Some people are naturally magnetic and energetic and just have a way with others. You may not see yourself as charismatic or having interpersonal skills, but being that memorable individual can be achieved through acquiring communication skills, negotiation techniques and learning how to network.

Words are the tools of communication and your choice of words can influence the attitudes, thoughts, and actions of others. Responding effectively and appropriately can be done by paying attention to the language of other people and listening to what they are really saying.

Questions are excellent means of obtaining information and a good question can make for an appealing dialogue. It can break new grounds, spark interest, and display your own honesty to finding out what others have to say.

These are some keys to communicating effectively:

  • Do not be casual – The use of bad grammar, or slang can be a detraction especially when communicating with employers or potential clients.
  • Remain on point – Stick to what is relevant to the discussion, and getting your message across in the shortest way possible.
  • Know your audience – Keep in mind the attention, readiness, educational level and age of the listeners. This will prevent them from being underwhelmed or overwhelmed.
  • Emphasize key ideas – Accent in communication can include examples, repetition or simply saying that “this is really a point I want to highlight.”
  • Connection – The more others see you as one of them, the better their response will be.

It is not only about verbal communication. Voice intonation and body language also send a message to other people. Practicing your verbal and non-verbal communication skills are equally as important. A change in your tone may change the meaning of statements. It is important to be aware of the way we talk for effective communication to take placeSmall talk is part of conversation and an effective wayto break the ice. An effective and engaging conversation is one that flows. There are techniques available to move a conversation along such as using repetition, asking for examples, asking for clarity and using summary questions.

Influencing others can assist in selling products and ideas and gaining help. We don’t have the power to control other people, but we can try to persuade them. One tool in doing this is by entering their world and looking at the position from another’s viewpoint.  Another tool is bridge building which is the process of enforcing similarity between people. Make the other person feel at ease by recognizing common interests and gaining their trust.

Although emotions can be powerful tools, people are not just made up of emotions. Some circumstances necessitate an application of the mind by using facts.

Some people fade into the background while others stand out. You have to be able to leave a lingering positive impression on the people that you meet. You want to make sure that you create a positive impact on other people.


The Basics of Body Language

The Basics of Body Language

The power to read body language is a skill that will enhance anyone’s career. Body language is a kind of communication, and it has to be exercised like any other kind of communication. Whether in management or sales, it is essential to understand the body language of others and exactly what your own body is conveying.

Communicating with Body Language

We are always communicating, even when we are not speaking. Unspoken communication makes up over half of what we tell others. It bears on our work and personal relationships. Improves management, negotiating and interpersonal skills by correctly interpreting important signals  and body language.

The Power of Body Language:

  • It is honest: Body language conveys truth, even when words do not.
  • Creates self-awareness: Understanding body language helps you distinguish your own activities that impede success.
  • Understand feelings: Body language shows feelings and motivations such as aggression and submission.
  • Enhance listening and communication skills: Paying attention to body language makes someone a better listener. Hear between what is being said and the words spoken.
  • Proximity: The space between people
  • Positioning: Position of a body
  • Facial expression: The eyes are especially noted.
  • Touching: This includes objects, people, and themselves.
  • Breathing: The rate of respiration is telling.

We are constantly reading the body language of other people, even when we are not aware of it. Actively reading body language, however, will improve communication and offer valuable insight. Pay attention to the motions and positions of people around you. Specifically, their head positions, physical gestures, and eyes.

The signs you send to others

You are always sending signals to other people. These signals come through voice, body language, personal space and appearance.

  • Body language: Body language includes motions, facial expressions and posture.
  • Appearance: A person’s dress and hygiene send signals to others. People get to negative assumptions based on an unkempt appearance.
  • Personal distance: Too much personal distance makes people appear cold. On the other hand, not valuing the personal distance of others will suffer negative effects.
  • Voice: Tone is important to the way we communicate. Emotions are expressed through tone.

Cultural Differences

International business means working with different cultural backgrounds. While certain expressions are generally known, many gestures are cultural. It is essential to research the communication style and etiquette of whatever culture you do business with ahead of time.

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