How to improve social skills (with Diagrams and Infographics)

How to improve social skills

“Man is by nature a social animal”, said by the great Greek philosopher Aristotle.

In order to be successful in your professional and social life, you must learn and improve social skills

Me and my wife both are from different social structures, with widely non-identical in language, clothing, food, culture and lifestyle but mingling with the people of different social structures has helped me to improve my social skills day by day. I also have been a part of some of the well known organizations, and now a high school teacher in a place that is much different from my native birth place in culture and social structures. 

So, I think the words from my experiences and mistakes will help you to become a better social person with improved social skills. 

Wherever you are, either among your friends and family or in the workplace, you need to be a better social person in order to mingle with others in an effective manner. 

If you struggle to be a better social person like me in my early days, or want to learn the required skills to improve your social skills, then this article is appropriate for you.

You can improve social skills by improving your verbal and nonverbal skills along with maintaining some great habits. Some of them are:  Ask some engaging questions, Express your ideas in simple, clear and concise language which is easy to understand, Find the reason to appreciate and be Generous in it, Talk and behave according to the age group, Spread love, joy and smile, because they are contagious, Understand the culture and predominant ideologies, Do not be aggressive rather be humble and polite.

TABLE OF CONTENT

40 Best Ways To Improve Social Skills: to be more sociable and friendly

  1. Carry smiling and cheerful face
  2. Ask some engaging questions
  3. Find the reason to appreciate and be Generous in it
  4. Always display Good Manners
  5. Your Body Language is an essential matter
  6. Be Up to Date on Current Events
  7. Do not carry Negative Thoughts
  8. Express your ideas in simple, clear and concise language which is easy to understand, 
  9. Improve your vocabulary on a regular basis
  10. Develop your English skill, if you are not a native English speaker
  11. Acquire the basic grammar knowledge
  12. Practice writing and speaking
  13. Present impressive appearance
  14. Make the first impression the best impression
  15. Remember the people’s name
  16. Never scratch you body before others
  17. Make sure there is no bad odors gushing out of your mouth
  18. Apply appropriate deodorant or perfume on your body
  19. Understand the place and situation to behave accordingly
  20. Do not talk while chewing food or drinking something
  21. Avoid interrupting others
  22. Carry positive attitude and avoid negative words
  23. Be careful of the tone of your voice
  24. Establish firm eye contact
  25. Listen attentively and patiently
  26. Spread love, joy and smile, they are contagious
  27. Have a complementary attitude rather than complaining spirit
  28. Don’t talk too much
  29. Be humorous
  30. Consider your posture and gesture
  31. Avoid criticism
  32. Nod your head to show your interest
  33. Value other’s words 
  34. Respect others and behave well to everyone
  35. Establish a rapport
  36. Maintain personal space by not going to close to others physically
  37. Allow others to talk
  38. Talk and behave according to the age group 
  39. Understand the culture and predominant ideologies
  40. Do not be aggressive rather be humble and polite
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1. Carry smiling and cheerful face

Happy and cheerful face is pleasing to everyone. No one likes to see a frowned face with a bad mood.Cheerful face creates a positive environment by offering positive energy. 

Here are some way smiling and cheerful face helps you:

  • Cheerful face Makes us Attractive
  • It boost our Mood
  • Smiling and cheerfulness is Contagious, so it will be affecting others positively
  • It produces positive every
  • Cheerful face makes us Feel Good

2. Ask some engaging questions

Think about a question that you can ask and begin the communication. Make sure the question is engaging, so that the person you  are talking to may be engaged in a conversation with you and eventually you develop your social ability.

3. Find the reason to appreciate and be Generous in it

It is the human tendency to find negativity first, but remember communicating with others with negative words will produce bad communication as a result you will be poor in social behaviour. 

So, the solution is to find some reason to appreciate, there is something good in everyone, we just need to find it and generously convey good and positive words to the audience.

4. Always display Good Manners

Your manner speaks about how you are. No one likes to be close to a bad mannered person, so if you want to build good and quality relationships with your friends, relatives or office colleagues then you must develop good manners. 

Here are some examples of good manners:

  • Greet others with respect
  • Use the words  ‘Please’ and ‘May I’ to display your politeness
  • Say ‘Thank You’ 
  • Do not Interrupt others
  • Always respect Others’ Opinion
  • Accept everyone as special and respected
  • Knock the Door before you enter
  • Take permission where needed

5. Your Body Language is an essential matter

You may be very polite and humble in nature but if you are poor in managing your body language during the communication, you will create a mess. 

Remember, your body language speaks a lot of things about you.

Displaying a good and professional body language will help you to be a better social person. 

Some of the examples of body languages are:

  • Your head position
  • Head movements or nodding
  • Rubbing your fingers or hand
  • Standing position 
  • Sitting style
  • Eye contact

6. Be Up to Date on Current Events

Sometimes people may discuss some current events and if you have no clue then you will be completely lost and detached from the discussion or feel abandoned.

So, being up to date with the current events and news help you to communicate well and become better in being a social person.

7. Do not carry Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts are destructive in nature, it destroys relationships and creates misunderstanding, and also produces an unwanted situation. 

So, carrying negative thoughts will disturb your mind and prevent your social abilities to be improved.

8. Express your ideas in simple, clear and concise language which is easy to understand

Some people think that speaking with standard and complicated words makes them more respected and better in social behaviour, where the actual reality is entirely different, understanding your audience and communicating accordingly with simple, clear and concise language helps people to understand easily, this creates better communication and as a result improves your social behavior.

9. Improve your vocabulary on a regular basis

Vocabularies are the means to convey your thoughts, ideas, emotions and knowledge to other people. 

So, better you are in vocabularies, stronger you are in communication or being social.

10. Develop your English skill, if you are not a native English speaker

If you are not a native English speaker then it is essential that you develop your English language skill, to speak, write, understand and read fluently and clearly. 

As soon as you will be communicating with a person outside of your language group, you may require this language, as English is considered the international language to communicate globally. 

11. Acquire the basic grammar knowledge

Having a clear and sound understanding of grammar is compulsory to establish good communication to improve your social relation. 

Without an essential basic understanding of grammar you will develop wrong sentences, which will cause misunderstanding and confusion. 

12. Practice writing and speaking

Writing and speaking are two important pillars in the process of being social. So, practicing writing and speaking will develop your communication skill and as a result your social relationship will be enhanced. 

13. Present impressive appearance

Your appearance conveys a lot of details of your likes, dislikes, personality etc. An impressive appearance builds better communication.

It creates professionalism and self esteem along with confidence, all these creates an effect on your social behavior and response. 

14. Make the first impression the best impression

If you want to win the mind and emotions of others then make sure you make a robust first impression. Your first impression makes a special room in the mind of others you are communicating to. 

So, make your social presence better, powerful and impressive by presenting the best impression at the first time. 

15. Remember the people’s name

When you remember the people’s name, it simply shows that you value them and they are important to you.

You don’t forget the important things easily. By remembering the name of the people, you make them precious, which causes a positive signal to build a better social connection. 

Here are some others ways to Improve your social skills:

  1. Never scratch you body before others
  2. Make sure there is no bad odors gushing out of your mouth
  3. Apply appropriate deodorant or perfume on your body
  4. Understand the place and situation to behave accordingly
  5. Do not talk while chewing food or drinking something
  6. Avoid interrupting others
  7. Carry positive attitude and avoid negative words
  8. Be careful of the tone of your voice
  9. Establish firm eye contact
  10. Listen attentively and patiently
  11. Spread love, joy and smile, they are contagious
  12. Have a complementary attitude rather than complaining spirit
  13. Don’t talk too much
  14. Be humorous
  15. Consider your posture and gesture
  16. Avoid criticism
  17. Nod your head to show your interest
  18. Value other’s words 
  19. Respect others and behave well to everyone
  20. Establish a rapport
  21. Maintain personal space by not going to close to others physically
  22. Allow others to talk
  23. Talk and behave according to the age group 
  24. Understand the culture and predominant ideologies
  25. Do not be aggressive rather be humble and polite

Let me know your suggestion in the comment section below for adding more life to this article for growing together and helping other to grow.

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