There are many questions around the ability to socialise with other people, how to enter into, continue and finish a social interaction, and social awkwardness can be a real problem and stumbling block for many.
Social skills are about starting an interaction, what to say and how to let others know that time is up. Who would not want to feel confident in these situations? But the reality is, they are often a source of anxiety.
Tanya Curtis, Senior Behaviour Specialist and founding director of FABIC Behaviour Specialist Centre, explains that social or communication skills are about connecting to people and developing understanding. Every interaction is a call and response situation where we don’t just respond to the words spoken but also to the non-verbal cues i.e., the body language. Likewise, we also develop a sense for other people’s reactions and unmastered life lessons.
Every interaction is an opportunity to develop and advance each other and socialisation can be taught, learnt and practised in everyday life and in courses and workshops.
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