Social skills are necessary for professional life as much as for personal life.
Social skills allow you to communicate and engage with others in any situation.
Moreover, social skills, often known as "interpersonal skills," encompass verbal and nonverbal skills.
Furthermore, knowing how to communicate effectively allows you to build positive relationships with employers, clients, and coworkers.
They also let you leave a good first impression in any job interview.
Dr. Job Pro is here today to show you 15 ways to develop your social skills for your career success.
1- Observe and learn
Please pay attention to your coworkers' social skills, as it would help you acquire your own set of actions and methods of communication.
Keep an eye out for nonverbal communication like body language. Consider what makes your coworkers' social skills so successful.
2- Listen well
Listening and hearing are two different actions. Actively listening to someone's conversation takes effort and concentration.
Sometimes we drift away with our thoughts while listening to someone, but it's necessary to get our concentration back and listen well.
3- Show genuine interest
Would you mind stopping talking about yourself for a while and show interest in people instead?
Human beings generally like those who show interest in them. Try to make the conversation more about the other person more than about yourself.
It's not easy to pay attention to such things, but it gets easier by practice.
4- Take baby steps
Learning social skills takes time and effort, so please be easy on yourself.
You can start by applying new ways of communication with those you're used to dealing with daily.
You can change your methods step by step by interacting differently with your family and friends.
5- Pay attention to your body language
Body language represents a huge part of communication and social skills. Sometimes people do not know how to deliver a message only because of their body language.
Your body language may be aggressive, while you only want to deliver a very peaceful message. Would you please notice how you use your facial expressions, hands, and tone of voice?
6- Stay up-to-date
Talking about new events can be a great conversation starter when it comes to communicating with others.
Keep yourself up with the new trends that happen in your country and around the world.
Many topics may get discussed at work, but your lack of knowledge about recent events might prevent you from engaging in exciting conversations and developing your social skills.
7- Focus on eye contact
Eye contact is an essential element in developing your social skills.
We understand that many people might feel shy or embarrassed about the whole idea of making eye contact with others, but don't worry! It comes with practice and courage.
You can also use looking at another person's forehead instead of their eyes directly as an initial step to making eye contact.
8- Build relations with coworkers
The idea of befriending a coworker might be a little bit scary for many people, but you can start by taking the first step, and things will follow.
Would you mind inviting a coworker to a cup of coffee? They would appreciate that and start building a solid relationship with you.
For more information, How to build effective relations at work
9- Express your opinions politely
It's okay if people have different opinions and points of view. Human beings are not supposed to have the same mindsets.
It's healthy to express your opinions about different topics, but please make sure to choose the proper methods of expression.
Keep your voice calm, your words polite, and maintain neutral facial expressions.
10- Be open and flexible
Would you please not stick to a certain point of view without considering the point of view of others?
Being flexible makes other people feel comfortable around you.
Moreover, it allows you to learn and develop faster. Everybody has their own set of ideas and thoughts that might open your mind to a new perspective.
11- Don’t be judgmental
Nothing is worse than a judgmental coworker. Nobody ever wants to communicate with them or build relations with them.
The judgment of others according to their beliefs, gender, race, or color is hateful. Please be mature enough to accept people even when they're different from you.
That will encourage others to get closer to you and build friendships with you.
12- Have confidence in yourself
It's okay to be yourself around others. Accepting yourself and loving it for who you are, makes others also do the same to you.
Moreover, being confident makes your coworkers want to know you more and be around you.
13- Ask your coworkers about their interests
People love it when others pay attention to their interests. Ask your coworkers about their favorite songs, movies, and hobbies.
You might find things in common between you and them. That will help strengthen your relations with them and develop your social skills.
14- Be open to criticism
Human beings mostly don't accept the idea of being criticized for their actions, but it's okay.
We all make mistakes, and it's okay. Criticism makes you develop faster and works on yourself better.
15- Challenge yourself
Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone and face our fears to be better human beings.
Developing social skills might represent a considerable challenge for you, but if you take a step to change that, the development will follow.
Go on a presentation, let yourself lead a team, or get yourself involved in social situations at work.
Developing social skills opens many doors to your career success, from getting accepted in a job interview to being a successful employee or manager.