It has been said and done that you just have to be yourself when you want to expand your circle and meet the right people.
This is true, but it is important to learn the right social skills to fast track your goal of being social starting today!
Why Do We Socialize?
Human beings crave for belongingness. We become more of who we are when we are surrounded with the right social environment.
We learn to communicate better and enrich our lives through social connections. Our happiness increases when we cultivate friendships and expand our network.
As we interact with others, we learn and sharpen our cognitive skills. Our natural ability to connect with people improve our mental health and well-being.
Our network is often our net worth. We become who we associate the most in the long term. If we hang out and spend energy with successful people, we will mirror their success and habits. When you surround yourself with people who inspire you, it will be easier to get that mental boost to succeed.
Being social has more advantage to business owners who intends to expand their businesses and attract more customers. You will never who this person knows and associated with that may eventually lead you to another opportunity.
Social tie creates bond for whatever purpose it may serve you in the future.
Learn and practice these 3 skills in any social setting and you will find yourself out your comfort zone and being liked even more. Implementing these ways to get along with others will help you become social sooner than later.
Where to socialize? Accept as much social invitations as you can. Put yourself out there by joining groups that resonate with you the most.
Effective communication builds trust and conveys confidence. Determine your social goals, take action on it and practice it.
You can build a strong social network if you can communicate yourself to other people with clarity and integrity. People will respect you with the way you speak to them.
Assertiveness is a communication skill that gets you what you want with confidence and respect without being arrogant.
As you speak with honesty towards others, it encourages other people to do the same to you. In a social communication, why encouraging others is important? This builds trust in making true friendships, meaningful connections and strong business network.
Why should we encourage others to talk more in a social setting? It will make them feel important and respected. People like it most when they are heard and being listened to. You will gain friends more by just listening more rather than by you do most of the talking.
2. Body Language
Your body language has more influence in a non-verbal communication.
The posture and gestures you make in a social setting conveys your interest and the way you feel in that moment.
Facial expressions will tell you what the other person had on mind or is feeling. Eye contact shows attentiveness and interest in any conversation. It has been said that the window to the soul is through the eyes of the person.
We can use our own body language to look more positive and engaging with others. When people see that you are genuinely interested with your nonverbal cues, they open up more and are eager to share more.
Avoid making a negative body language in any social setting, like the following:
- arms folded in front of the body
- unpleasant facial expression
- little eye contact
The best way to build a positive language would be to face yourself in front of a mirror and look at your posture. Practice to smile and make yourself look approachable through your body language.
It is vital that your body language makes a good first impression.
3. Social Manners and Etiquette
Think before you speak and be careful on what you say in a conversation. Say ‘thank you’ when calls for it. If you say something by mistake, acknowledge it and say ‘sorry’.
To break the ice in the first meeting, say hello and introduce yourself briefly. It is important that you pay attention to people. Never interrupt anyone in mid-sentence or to what they are trying to say. Be polite and respectful. Always listen.
Wear the appropriate attire in any social event, whether be it a face-to-face or a virtual meeting, that makes you feel confident.
Avoid checking your phone during a meeting or conversation. Intend to stay present, show interest in what anyone is saying and participate in the discussions.
Show that you are friendly by giving sincere compliments. Strive for honesty in your interactions because people can sense if you are making something up. Always use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Making some small talk helps release pressure in the conversation. Use humor carefully especially when you don’t really know the background of the person you are talking to.
Good social manners can make a big difference to how other people feel about you.
Social Connections Make Us Happier.
Growing a social brain improve our well-being and happiness. It creates meaningful connections with people.
The feeling of rejection is a social pain. No one can build a rocket ship alone, it needs a team.
Leveraging on good social skills will make you reach out to people more to connect with. People with outgoing personality traits have the abilities to increase their friends and expand network of acquaintances.
Use the social media to your advantage by connecting to the right people and get to know them socially.
Our social well-being is so important for our mental and emotional health. People who are more connected to others feel happier and loved.
Business leaders with good analytical and social skills create a better and productive team by understanding each one’s strengths and weaknesses. Business owners with strong social skills recognizes the value of being social in running a business to succeed.
Social connection is a great predictor of happiness and well-being. Boost your social and engagement skills to improve your social well-being. Our abilities to be think socially is essential to survive and meet our emotional needs.