A Personality Development course is normally understood as a grooming class that makes one ready to be able to face the world without any fear. Personality development is essential for every individual in this competitive market where one must stand out from the rest of the people. It is a lifelong process that involves expanding one’s knowledge and improving personal skills and qualities, considering their aims in life, and setting new goals. Personal development skills are useful in supporting you to create vision and mission statements for personal and professional development in order to achieve your goals.
A seven days course, centralized on the theme “Personality Development- Pathway to Creative You! ”. The session started with the introduction of the facilitator; Mr. Rabindra Man Singh (Corporate Trainer) including participants. Mr. Singh is an International Soft Skill Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Mindset Guru, and a Business Coach.
The course guided participants to bring out an enhanced & developed personality in them by knowing different behavioural dimensions, and get yourself trained in soft skills in order to get empowered by developing self-awareness, being assertiveness & confident.
The course covered the following learnings;
Skills You Have Learned
- Active Listening
- Use of Proper Body Language
- Public Speaking
1. Assertiveness & Confidence Building
Mr. Singh defined the term ‘Personality’ as the combination of Characterstics, Attitude Thinking, Communication, Health and Your style.
Self-confidence– Having belief in yourself and your abilities.
Types of self-confidence
1. Low self confidence
2. Optimal self confidence
Benefit of Self-confidence
- Self-worth is Increased
- Enhanced Happiness and Joy in Life
- Looks Things Positively
- Freedom from Social Anxiety
- Carrier and Personal Success
- Organized way of Handling Man, Money and Material
- Never Gives Up
- Freedom and Peace of Mind
- Increased Energy and Motivation to take Action
- Doers Attitude
- Eliminated Negative Thoughts
- No Fear
- Confidence to Rise Up
- Evolves under Stress
Similarly, on the second day, he coined the term “Assertiveness,” which entails being firm in asserting your own and others’ rights in a calm, direct, and positive manner without being overly aggressive. He discussed the traits of assertive people and how to become more assertive.
3 Cs of assertive communication
Key skills to assertive communication
- Be confident
- Value yourself and your rights
- Communicate your needs and wants confidently
- Be specific about your problem
- Acknowledge that you can’t control other people’s behavior
- Control your emotions
- Express yourself in a positive way
- Attack the issue and not people
- Be open to criticism and compliments
- Be willing to discuss further until you find a solution
- Use “I” in statements
Key skills to assertive non-verbal communication
- Posture – open and relaxed
- Voice – medium pitch and volume
- Eye contact – maintain positive eye contact
- Gestures – open and rounded gestures
- Smiles that show empathy Distance – personal space
Positive Phrasing means our body language, facial expression, tone of voice, inflection and words all convey the same meaning and intention.
Active Listening, Proper Communication Skills, and Body Language
Active listening refers to a pattern of listening that keeps you engaged with your conversation partner in a positive way. It is the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks, paraphrasing and reflecting back what is said, and withholding judgment and advice.
Types of listening
- Competitive or Combative Listening
- Passive, Attentive Listening
- Active, Reflective Listening
Benefit of active listening
1. It helps you build connections
2. It helps you build trust
3. It helps you identify and solve problems
4. It helps you increase your knowledge and understanding of various topics
5. It helps you avoid missing critical information
6 Active Listening Skills
- Pay Attention
- Withhold Judgement
Effective communication is a process of exchanging ideas, thoughts, knowledge and information such that the purpose or intention is fulfilled in the best possible manner. In simple words, it is nothing but the presentation of views by the sender in a way best understood by the receiver. We can say that it generally involves;
- Sender: The person who initiates the process of communication by sending a message;
- Receiver: The one to whom the message is to be delivered.
Types of Communication
Verbal communication: conversations, interviews, calls
Intrapersonal – conversations with ourselves
Interpersonal – one-on-one conversation
Small group – press conferences, board meetings, and team meeting
Public – presentation, public speeches
Non-verbal communication: voice tone, facial expressions, postures
Written communication: letters, memos, reports
Visual communication: photographs, videos, films
Power of Body Language
Communication is made up of more than just the words we use. It’s maintaining eye contact with the person you’re talking to, slouching on a video call, or your hand movements as you speak. Nonverbal cues such as tone of voice, gestures, and posture all play their part. In this article, we define what body language is – and how you can interpret it to understand and communicate with people more effectively.
7 Ways to Project Confidence with Your Body Language
Your body language can be a useful instrument to appear confident. Don’t let slumped shoulders or a nervous habit derail the message you’re trying to convey. Use these tips to straighten up and project confidence.
The following seven tips can help you alter your body language and give off a more confident vibe.
- Maintain an assertive posture
- Consider using power poses
- Watch your hands
- Pay attention to your face
- Maintain appropriate eye contact
- Mirror the body language of others
- Stop fidgeting
Various methods are used to develop one’s personality, one of which is increasing one’s level of confidence. This can also be accomplished by honing skills such as communication, public speaking, and presentation. A person’s personality is enhanced by expanding and improving his or her knowledge base. The interactive activities such as interaction, idea sharing, role play, acting, and other activities were used throughout the seven-day course.