Interpersonal skills are those skills that help you to develop rapport with others. They enable you to communicate with others in an effective way.
Some people develop interpersonal skills very early in life; they simply seem to know how to communicate and interact with others. While other people are less “lucky” and need to work a bit hard to improve on their skills.
Interpersonal skills, like most skills can be learned. Here are some tips:
#1. Don’t worry, be happy – Happy people radiate confidence and project their feelings on others.
#2. Speak Clearly – When you speak be succinct. The goal in life is to learn, not to impress. The more you speak, the less time you give to others.
#3. Pay attention – Try to listen attentively to what the other person is saying.
#4. Be Honest – Answer all questions truthfully, and if you don’t have an idea of something or don’t know the answer, say so.
#5. Watch body language of yours and others – The way a person sits or stands conveys much information. A person who leans away from you or with an arm over the back of a chair is disinterested. Crossed arms means uncertainty, while sitting with hands raised in front of the body with fingertips touching shows a feeling of superiority.
#6. Summarize key points – At the end of each idea that someone explains, you should repeat the key points back to the speaker. This shows that you are not only paying attention but also consider the information important.