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Top Tips for Developing Excellent Interpersonal Skills



Introduction


As scientists continue to examine the impact of machines on our jobs, one thing has become relatively straightforward: excellent interpersonal skills will be one of the essential traits for a person to have to be successful in the future. It seems that devices are improving at tasks requiring rational thinking, but humans will still have a leg up when dealing with others effectively. With that in mind, here's what you need to know about how you can develop excellent interpersonal skills and make yourself as valuable as possible in the coming years.



Getting to know yourself better


The first step in developing excellent interpersonal skills is to know yourself better. Knowing yourself will help you better understand others, which is the first step toward being able to communicate with others.


You can gain insight into whom you are by reflecting on your experiences and decisions, including why they were made. Look at your life so far—what relationships have you had with other people? What types of situations did those relationships occur in? Were there any commonalities among those situations and relationships? What was it like growing up: what did your home life look like? How did it feel growing up with certain family members, friends, etc.?




Being a good listener


You’ve been there. You are conversing with someone, and they seem to listen to your words. But then, when it comes time for your response, they respond with a question or comment that doesn’t make sense in the context of what you just said. If this happens often enough, it can be frustrating—and worse than that: It can make people feel like their words aren’t worth listening to!



The secret lies in understanding the difference between hearing and listening: Hearing is simply processing sound waves through your ears; listening involves activating your brain so that those sound waves can be processed into meaningful information about another person's thoughts, feelings and intentions. This requires active participation from both parties; if only one person does all of the “active participation,” then it's not a conversation but an exercise by one party to express themselves while the other passively receive them (which may lead them to feel unheard).



Improving your thoughts and attitude toward others


  • Be positive. While it may be difficult, try to look at the bright side of every situation. A negative mindset will only hurt your interpersonal skills and make people want to avoid you.

  • Be a good listener. It is important to listen carefully to what others say before speaking up, as this shows them that you care about their thoughts and opinions instead of just having your agenda in mind all the time.

  • Be open-minded; don't judge so quickly! It can take time for someone else's point of view on an issue or topic of conversation to sink in fully; don't write off their ideas immediately just because they differ from yours! Also, remember that no two people think exactly alike – everyone has different experiences and backgrounds, which shape how they see things differently than others. Try not to be too quick when judging someone else's ideas or opinions just because they aren’t yours! You might learn something new by listening instead...



Knowing what to do at work

  • Understand your role and responsibilities

  • Understand, your manager’s expectations

  • Understand your co-workers’ expectations

  • Understand your company’s expectations

  • Understand client/customer expectations.




How to nurture good relationships with your team

  • Understand your team member's strengths and weaknesses. A strong leader knows how to leverage the strengths of others, as well as their own.

  • Understand your team members' goals and objectives. If you understand what motivates each team member, it will be easier for you to rally them towards a common goal.

  • Understand your team members' communication styles. Some people are direct communicators, while others prefer roundabout expressions or even nonverbal cues such as body language or tone of voice over words alone; knowing what works best for each person can help improve interactions between co-workers who aren't on the same page about things like conflict resolution strategies or professional development opportunities.



How to deal with conflict and criticism


To take criticism positively, you must remember that it is not personal. Criticism is a good thing because it helps you to improve yourself. Remember that this person criticising you has your best interests in mind and wants to help ensure you are successful. Try not to take criticism personally; instead, think about how their feedback can help improve your performance at work or school.




According to experts, people who have excellent interpersonal skills will be very successful in the future.


Some people are already experiencing the benefits of having strong interpersonal skills: Bill Gates is a famous example of someone who excelled in his career due to his interpersonal skills. He was able to connect with others and convince them that they should buy into his vision for Microsoft. Unsurprisingly, he became one of the wealthiest men in America and even world history!


As you can see, good interpersonal skills can help you achieve your goals at work or in life. This article will also offer tips on developing your own set of superb social skills to become more effective at communicating with others.




Conclusion


You'll communicate more effectively with others when you develop good interpersonal skills. You'll also increase your chances of getting a job and build stronger relationships with co-workers.



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