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4 Effective Interpersonal Skills Everyone Should Know To Make 2018 Your Most Successful Year

Making your way in life is difficult sometimes. The fast-paced, cut and thrust is not always suited to politeness or common courtesy. However, honing your interpersonal skills, may well be the difference between success and failure. There are some very simple quick fixes, which can help you get ahead in the workplace.

#1 Teamwork

Perhaps the most obvious interpersonal skill would be teamwork. Being able to work in a group with synergy, great communication, and an equitable sharing of ideas not only makes for a more comfortable environment; but also speeds up productivity. When things really start to flow, ideas are abound and tasks are being delegated through polite and energetic communication, then everyone benefits.

Politeness, listening skills, and voicing your own ideas clearly and openly are all signs of effective teamwork. You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours!

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#2 Problem Solving

Problems arise all the time in the workplace. It is how we deal with them that can make the difference between making a success of your work life and falling by the wayside. When problems or difficulties arise, it is important to try and solve them in an effective and efficient way. Getting angry or frustrated is not a productive use of your time or energy at all!

The best way to solve a problem is to break it down into manageable chunks. Take each part of the issue and try and solve it systematically and sensibly. Always seek advice if it is available, as being able to network and call on other's experience, is an extremely useful asset. In addition, it may help to visual the problem. Perhaps write it down and mind map potential routes to solving the issue. This will give you a different perspective on it and may well bring the answer you need.

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#3 Negotiation

Learning the art of negotiation is a pivotal interpersonal skill that may save you time and money. Often issues arise when two different people have their own personal expectations that they demand to be met. If neither party is willing to back down or indeed negotiate, this can cause problems. The way to deal with this is to ensure in any discussion, debate or negotiation, to ensure that you remain calm yet assured. Be positive and assertive with what you require, but also be prepared to listen effectively and understand the needs of others. This will provide a more effective and positive outcome in the long run.

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#4 Assertiveness

It is important to have your own personal aspirations and then achieve them. One of the ways to do this is by being positively assertive. In other words, this means making sure you get your own way, but in a kind and caring way! For instance, you may be in a negotiation scenario and find that things are not going your way. One positively assertive way of doing this is to stay calm and repeat your requests slowly. Use phrasing like, 'I respect your point of view, however this is my opinion.' This shows respect for the person you are talking to, whilst also making it clear you are going to stand your ground, albeit in a calm and respectful fashion.

There are a number of important facets to a successful working life. One of the areas that will bring you quick success is to keep improving your interpersonal skills.

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Written by Trevor Twohig

Freelance writer from London. I enjoy writing sports, music and self-help articles primarily. My first novel β€˜Sunny Sands’ will be released in 2018.

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