learn. There are some social skills that are so essential, you absolutely cannot
do without them. Jumia Travel shares 5 extremely useful social skills to
Ability to Remain Calm
It is harder
to think clearly when you’re agitated or unsettled, therefore, it is extremely
important that you learn how to remain calm in all situations. Learning how to
calm yourself in volatile situations is an extremely useful social skill that
can save you a lot of trouble and avoidable stress-related health
Know How to Build Rapport
Regardless of how
introverted you might be, you need to learn how to build rapport with others
around you because no man can live as an island, and you will eventually need
people. Knowing how to build rapport is not a talent, it is a social skill that
can be learnt. The only thing is that, depending on personality type, some
people just need to put more effort into it than others.
Difference Between Being Assertive and Aggressive
There really is a thin
line between the two, this is why it is so important as a social skill to be
aware of the difference between them. It’s okay to passionately share your
opinion and stand your ground on it, but you need to be aware and ready to check
yourself if you find yourself bordering on insulting or offensive. At that
point, you have already entered into the zone of aggression.
Be Flexible and Cooperative
We live in a world with billions of people,
and the fact is we won’t all have the same opinions or point of view. If you
don’t want to end up fighting everyone you meet, you need to learn to be
flexible and cooperative. You may feel that your way is the best way, but it
important to still remain open to the suggestions and contributions of others.
Be flexible enough to compromise when you need to, because no matter how
intelligent or self-sufficient you are, you will need other people to get ahead
in life. You can’t do it all by yourself. You should therefore be open to
sharing ideas, making necessary compromises and being flexible all
Learn How to Communicate
Communication is more or
less an art (though there are some that argue it is a science), and the truth is
that there are many ways to communicate, you only need to be sensitive to the
best means of communication to use in different situations for different people.
You should learn when best to communicate face-to-face and when to communicate
through written words. You should keep in mind that written words carry little
or no emotion, so it really shouldn’t be your choice communication channel when
communicating emotional or deeply moving subjects.