The skills we use to communicate and interact with others are referred to as social skills. They can be verbal in the form of talking and they can be nonverbal in the form of body language, appearance, and demeanor. What we say is just as important as how we say it. We often forget this, but paying attention to how you output your thoughts helps you grow as a communicator. The best communicators worry about what they say and how a person will perceive it equally. Like any skill, social skills improve with constant and repeated use of them. This is why people from large families tend to be better communicators than those from smaller families. The larger the family, the more communication that is required on a daily basis, in effect, more practice.
People that have highly developed social skills have certain advantages that others do not. This includes the ability to form more frequent and better relationships with others. People with good social skills are more approachable and seen as more fun. Other people gravitate towards these types of people. Individuals that can communicate better usually advance further in their careers at a quicker rate. This is because middle to upper management positions require a great deal of inter-personal interaction. These worksheets will help students learn about positive social skills and how to improve their own skills in that department. These sheets encourage students to maintain healthy relationships and social tones that will help them adjust to just about any situation. When it comes to improving social skills, although you may not subscribe to Malcolm Gladwell’s rule of ten-thousand hours for social aspects, from my experience I have to say it applies. I feel deeply that social skills are developed through consistent positive social situations. When I have a student who is socially meek, I look to find constant opportunities for them to interact with others with minimal consequences. By the end of the school year I have yet to have a student not feel comfortable in their own skin and looking forward to meeting new people.