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Why You Need to Focus on Interpersonal Communication Skills

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Interpersonal communications are a part of your holistic development. Technical or academic skills take you to the door of an opportunity. But the door opens wide with a welcome only if you have certain skills such as emotional intelligence, work ethics, effective interpersonal communication, etc.

What are the interpersonal communication skills?

Interpersonal communication skills are defined as ‘the skills you need and use to communicate and interact with other people’. 

Rashmi was nicknamed as a peacemaker in her office. Whenever there was an argument among the colleagues, she would solve it calmly and effectively. She would listen to both sides and offer an amicable solution that would be acceptable to all. 

Rakesh was his boss’s favorite and the company’s asset. He was so committed to his tasks and was excellent in communication skills. His client meetings were almost always a success.

Some of the interpersonal skills are

  • Communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership qualities
  • Positive approach
  • Negotiation skills
  • Openness to criticism
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision making

Benefits of good interpersonal communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills enhance your teamwork and make you a popular and sought after person. Lack of proper interpersonal communication can turn out to be your weakness in personal or professional life. 

There are many reasons why you should focus on developing excellent verbal communication.

To build teamwork

If you communicate well with others, you can build strong interpersonal relations. This makes you a good team player. You gel well with your team. Your seniors and juniors trust you. Your company retains and promotes you.

To develop problem-solving ability

Good interpersonal skills add value to your problem-solving ability. For instance, when you have positive interaction with your entire team, the team members turn to you for consultation, advice, and mentoring when any issue arises.

To enhance your employability

Growth is not possible without strategic interpersonal interaction. Organizations give preference to candidates who showcase excellent interpersonal skills. They are perceived as good team players, prospective leaders, and successful managers. One such essential writing skill which employers look for is – Report Writing. Writing clear, concise reports is a key skill for effective business communication.

To achieve targets

Those who are good at interpersonal communication have better chances of career growth. With their conviction and persuasive skills, they are a success with their clients. They can convince more effectively and tend to be result oriented. This benefits the business as well.

To manage conflicts

You might be in any position, but at some point, you will need to solve problems and resolve conflicts. It might be between two colleagues, yourself and your senior, your company and a client, or your department and the other one. If you have excellent interpersonal skills, you will be able to do so smoothly and smartly.

To be a good leader

Are you aspiring to be an inspiring, successful and respected leader? Start working on your interpersonal skills now. As a leader, you will have to make strategic decisions, motivate your junior and take your company’s vision forward. This won’t be achievable without excellent verbal communication. 

To garner trust and respect

Trust and respect have to be earned. Your technical skills will get you appreciation, but your interpersonal skills will earn you great respect and goodwill in all walks of life.

Ways to develop good interpersonal communication

  • Become an interested, active listener with understanding
  • Make a habit of appreciating others
  • Be an optimistic individual with positive body language
  • Love your work and be pleasant to those around you
  • Be supportive of your team, encourage team spirit and treat others with equality
  • Empathize with your team and think with a 360˚point of view
  • Discuss the issues for solving problems and eliminating misunderstandings
  • Take part in conversations actively and express yourself clearly

Interpersonal skills are great morale boosters for you as well. They benefit your well-being at a personal level. Your listening skill, empathy and compassion makes you a lovable person. Go ahead. Start your journey of excellence.

SMEStreet Edit Desk

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