Communication is the basis of growth and evolution. Human race owes all its achievement to the act of communicating efficiently. Currently, the focus on improving soft skills and interaction skills is a proof that efficient speaking and interacting holds a lot of importance. Nonetheless, a lot of people face issues while communicating with others.
Here are a few skills that would make you better at interactions.
1. Instill confidence
If you are facing issues while conversing or interacting in a group or with any person, it might be due to lack of confidence. Confidence helps us in believing in our potential, thereby helping in upholding our opinions which eventually leads to voicing them freely.
Self-esteem is important in an era where opinions and judgment are common. It helps in establishing respect for oneself and helps to stand for the right cause and help others in their work. Self esteem is a necessary tool for a healthy interaction because if you will lower your esteem others are bound to get a reflection of it.
3. Right postures
Correct posture is important for interacting as it reflects your thoughts and confidence. Leaning or not looking at the person while speaking, shaking hands or any other inappropriate posture can lead to a damaging impression on the interactor, therefore it is necessary to learn the right postures for interaction.
4. Choice of words
Choosing words according to the situation is extremely important. Words can mend a situation and even worsen it. Knowing and using the right word at the right time helps not just in better conversation but also in better understanding of the context by the listener.
The more informed you are the more content you will have to share and discuss, and without content there can be no interaction. Therefore, reading on a regular basis is necessary and recommended for better interaction.
6. Writing what you want to speak
Write what you want to speak in an interview or a group discussion or any event. It is not important to document each and every word but a broad outline of the speech helps in making things organized and promotes better interactions.
7. Participating willingly
If you talk to anyone reluctantly you are bound to make mistakes and speak things that are not important. Taking interest and participating in any interaction with complete willingness is the key to better interactions.
8. Compliment freely
Complimenting is a skill that never fails. Everyone likes to hear good things about themselves. Hence, the best way of improving your interaction is by complimenting the person you are talking to. Overdoing it can be harmful but moderately using this technique will always help.
9. Do not judge or form an opinion
No one likes to be around people who judge or form immediate opinions. To be on good terms with any person is the first key to better interaction and this can be achieved by listening to them patiently without forming any opinion.
If you have the patience to listen to others, they will listen to you patiently, this is why it is important to be patient. A person who is calm is more receptive and can understand the contexts and conversations better thereby making better analyses.
11. Start small
Starting small means to interact with everyone around. Be it elders, kids or any group. This helps in building confidence which helps in further interactions.
12. Learn from others
Learning should never be stopped, the more you learn the better you perform. This holds good even in the case of interacting. The mistakes you commit helps in preventing future mistakes. Sometimes, your friends or family members might teach a lesson that stays forever, to take benefit from this, it is important to interact freely.
13. Practice maintaining eye contact
Maintaining eye contact is part of maintaining right posture while interacting. If you happen to look at some other place while interacting with anyone, it gives a negative impression. Therefore, eye contact is a mandatory condition for better interaction.
14. Be a good listener
A good listener is loved by all. Everyone likes to talk and be around people who listen to them, therefore you should practice listening to the point of view of others carefully before forwarding your opinion.
15. Stay updated
If you have nothing to say or add in to the discussion going on, there are chances that you might be neglected in a discussion. Being updated and informed helps in this process. It makes you aware of current affairs and provides enough knowledge to debate and talk about an issue.
16. Emotional awareness
Emotional awareness is being emphasized more and more because of mental health issues. One needs to be emotionally capable of handling a situation and emotionally educated to handle any conversation, this ensures that the vulnerabilities of the participants are not exploited.
Free flow of words and clear interactions are the stairs to growth and development of a person. If you do not learn these skills, you might lag behind in your work and life, that is why it is important to learn and practice interaction skills as much as possible.