Social skills are something no-one can be without. They are the key to good conversations, building relationships, establishing trust, and essentially success. This can also be applied to dating and relationships. You need good social skills to start a conversation and keep it going. You need good social skills to successfully interact in any situation. Here are some social skills you cannot be without. Apply this to business and dating and see the difference it makes.
Make eye contact and keep it. This does not mean you stare down the person. Simply make sure you pay attention and look at them.
Good body language
Our body language can say so much more than our words. We often forget about it, but it can give away your secrets without you knowing it. Things, like crossing your arms, crossing your legs, or turning your body away from the speaker, can indicate you are not interested or not listening.
Many people tend to react defensively when given criticism. Carefully listen to what is being said. Understand what they mean and be open to what is said. Criticism is usually hard to take, but a lot of the time it is meant well. It offers opportunity to grow.
Make sure you use the correct communication channels. Nowadays there are so many ways of communicating. Make sure that you use the right one. Arguments and conflicts are not well communicated through email or other written communications. You cannot read emotion in them, but it can easily cause a lot of misunderstandings.
Aggressive versus Assertive
Being passionate and excited about what you are communicating is not a bad thing. Sometimes it can come across as aggression if you are not careful. Be sure to check your tone and body language. If you seem aggressive or insulting, the other person will get defensive or think they are wrong.
It speaks for itself. If you show kindness, respect, and admiration, people will have no problem with you. Do not present yourself as being better than others. This is not respectful.
These are only the very basic skills to have. They will take you a long way and improve your communication and interaction with others.