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Interpersonal Communication Skills

For an individual to grow as a rational being, they need to be able to think critically on a broad range of topics and they need to be able to communicate that properly. The communication which takes place verbally or non-verbally should be done in an informative way so that both parties can understand. And this is what Interpersonal communication is. This skill is required to form connections and establish relationships. In your school, at the workplace or home, strong Interpersonal communication skills can help you navigate complexities, changes, and day-to-day activities. Some of the many Interpersonal communication skills include negotiation skills to avoid conflicts, active listening skills to understand any scenario, teamwork, dependability, and assertiveness.

The importance of Interpersonal Communication Skills

While we are aware that without certain misunderstandings we cannot get along anywhere and with anyone, but proper ways of addressing these misunderstandings must be done. To resolve this, negotiation is important. You must be able to come to mutual agreements that keep everyone satisfied even if there are compromises to make. Being able to negotiate properly makes people admire you and trust you since you look for the best in everyone and look out for their best interests.

Listening is a way of connecting with people. Moreover, active listening means listening to others to gather information and engage with the speaker. A good listener is appreciated by everyone and is known as a great communicator. Given that many people tend to speak more than they listen, an active listener is always valued because of the empathy they show towards the speaker. They keep aside all the distractions and are only involved in listening.

Furthermore, wherever you are, teamwork is involved. The ability to work together as a team is extremely valuable. Great team players are great communicators as well. Not to forget, they tend to inspire and lead everyone. They are good candidates to people they are working with and are regarded as reliable to contribute to anything they are presented with.

Similarly, dependable people can be relied on in any given situation. This can include anything from being punctual to keeping promises. People look out for them when they have to share something or even to do something important together. Teamwork, projects, workplaces, and schools highly value dependable workers and trust them with important tasks and duties.

You considering other’s opinions, needs, and views while at the same time confidently expressing your needs and opinions in a fair, honest, and calm way is a good process if being assertive. People who are assertive in communicating, rather than passive-aggressive gain more respect from everyone. To become an assertive communicator, you need to tell people about your feelings, speak at a normal conversation volume, and listening too is a great way to go.

Therefore, Interpersonal communication skills require you to have good qualities to be recognized. Most importantly, for your personal growth. You need to be able to communicate both verbally and nonverbally among the people you are working with.

-Pranjali Rijal