Humans are naturally social creatures. However, we are not born with naturally good social skills. Social skills are learned throughout our childhood, and continue to be refined all our lives. Some people have a harder time than others learning the social skills that are valued by society. Communication skills in particular can be difficult, especially as so many of the “rules” of good communication are unspoken. It takes a certain amount of intuition to understand the ins and outs of good communication skills. It also takes a lot of practice.
In the workplace, communication is key. Good communication skills are often the first and foremost desired attribute listed in job postings. Being able to communicate effectively is a key component to getting along in the workplace, and getting ahead in life. But it isn’t always easy. What can you do if you are someone who struggles with communicating effectively or has difficulty navigating social situation? First of all, know that you are not alone.
Social anxiety can affect anyone at any point in their lives. It is common, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Whether you are nervous meeting new people, constantly over think your interactions with others, or just worry about whether people like you, it’s likely you know how it feels to be uncomfortable in a social situation. One of the best ways to overcome anxiety and build confidence in your communication skills is through practice.
Check out this fantastic article from Anxiety BC on how to improve your social skills to facilitate more effective communication:
This article is great because it includes clear examples of good and bad communication skills. It encourages you to assess your own communication habits, and gives tips for practicing your skills to help you improve. Remember, practice is key!